[syn: end, destruction, death]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Destruction \De*struc"tion\, n. [L. destructio: cf. F.
destruction. See Destroy.]
1. The act of destroying; a tearing down; a bringing to
naught; subversion; demolition; ruin; slaying;
The Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of
the sword, and slaughter, and destruction. --Esth.
'Tis safer to be that which we destroy
Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. --Shak.
Destruction of venerable establishment. --Hallam.
2. The state of being destroyed, demolished, ruined, slain,
This town came to destruction. --Chaucer.
Thou castedst them down into destruction. --Ps.
2. A destroying agency; a cause of ruin or of devastation; a
The destruction that wasteth at noonday. --Ps. xci.
Syn: Demolition; subversion; overthrow; desolation;
extirpation; extinction; devastation; downfall;
extermination; havoc; ruin.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the termination of something by causing so much damage to
it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists [syn:
2: an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys
something [syn: destruction, demolition, wipeout]
3: a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called
glorious experiment came to an inglorious end" [syn: end,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
173 Moby Thesaurus words for "destruction":
Waterloo, abomination, abscission, amputation, annihilation,
assassination, atrocity, bad, bane, bankruptcy, beating,
befoulment, bereavement, blight, blood, bloodletting, bloodshed,
braining, breakage, breakdown, breaking down, breaking up, breakup,
collapse, confusion, conquering, conquest, corruption, cost,
crack-up, crash, crippling, crying evil, damage, dead loss,
dealing death, deathblow, debacle, debit, defeat, defilement,
demolition, denial, denudation, deprivation, despoilment,
despoliation, destroyer, destruction of life, detriment,
devastation, dilapidation, disablement, dispatch, dispossession,
disrepair, divestment, downfall, drubbing, elimination,
encroachment, end, eradication, euthanasia, evil, excision,
exclusion, execution, expense, extermination, extinction,
extirpation, failure, fall, flow of blood, forfeit, forfeiture,
genocide, gore, grievance, harm, havoc, hiding, hobbling,
holocaust, hurt, hurting, ill, immolation, impairment,
incapacitation, infection, infringement, injury, inroad, kill,
killing, lambasting, lapidation, lathering, laying waste, licking,
liquidation, loser, losing, losing streak, loss, maiming,
martyrdom, martyrization, massacre, mastery, mayhem, mercy killing,
mischief, murder, mutilation, outrage, overcoming, overthrow,
overturn, perdition, poison, poisoning, pollution, privation,
putting away, quietus, ravagement, razing, rescission,
ritual killing, ritual murder, robbery, ruin, ruination, ruining,
ruinousness, sabotage, sacrifice, scathe, shooting, sickening,
slaughter, slaying, smash, spoiling, spoliation, stoning,
stripping, subdual, subduing, subjugation, taking away,
taking of life, tearing down, termination, the worst, thrashing,
total loss, toxin, trimming, trouncing, undoing, vanquishment,
venom, vexation, weakening, whipping, wiping out, woe, wrecking,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
in Job 26:6, 28:22 (Heb. abaddon) is sheol, the realm of the