Ruinous Ru"in*ous, a. [L. ruinosus: cf. F. ruineux. See {Ruin}.] 1. Causing, or tending to cause, ruin; destructive; baneful; pernicious; as, a ruinous project. [1913 Webster]

After a night of storm so ruinous. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by ruin; ruined; dilapidated; as, an edifice, bridge, or wall in a ruinous state. [1913 Webster]

3. Composed of, or consisting in, ruins. [1913 Webster]

Behold, Damascus . . . shall be a ruinous heap. --Isa. xvii. 1. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Dilapidated; decayed; demolished; pernicious; destructive; baneful; wasteful; mischievous. [1913 Webster] -- {Ru"in*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Ru"in*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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