I. noun Etymology: Middle English ruine, from Anglo-French, from Latin ruina, from ruere to rush headlong, fall, collapse Date: 12th century 1. a. archaic a falling down ; collapse <
from age to age…the crash of ruin fitfully resounds — William Wordsworth
b. physical, moral, economic, or social collapse 2. a. the state of being ruined — archaic except in plural <
the city lay in ruins
b. the remains of something destroyed — usually used in plural <
the ruins of an ancient temple
the ruins of his life
3. a cause of destruction 4. a. the action of destroying, laying waste, or wrecking b. damage, injury 5. a ruined building, person, or object • ruinate adjectiveruinate transitive verb II. verb Date: 1585 transitive verb 1. to reduce to ruins ; devastate 2. a. to damage irreparably b. bankrupt, impoverish <
ruined by stock speculation
3. to subject to frustration, failure, or disaster <
will ruin your chances of promotion
intransitive verb to become ruined • ruiner noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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