verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French destroy-, destrui-, stem of destrure, from Vulgar Latin *destrugere, alteration of Latin destruere, from de- + struere to build — more at structure Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to ruin the structure, organic existence, or condition of <
destroyed the files
; also to ruin as if by tearing to shreds <
their reputation was destroyed
2. a. to put out of existence ; kill <
destroy an injured horse
b. neutralize <
the moon destroys the light of the stars
c. annihilate, vanquish <
armies had been crippled but not destroyed — W. L. Shirer
intransitive verb to cause destruction

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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