1. [syn: laying waste, ruin, ruining, ruination, wrecking]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ruin \Ru"in\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ruined;p. pr. & vb. n.
Ruining.] [Cf. F. ruiner, LL. ruinare. See Ruin, n.]
To bring to ruin; to cause to fall to pieces and decay; to
make to perish; to bring to destruction; to bring to poverty
or bankruptcy; to impair seriously; to damage essentially; to
this mortal house I'll ruin. --Shak.
By thee raised, I ruin all my foes. --Milton.
The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us.
By the fireside there are old men seated,
Seeling ruined cities in the ashes. --Longfellow.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or
ruined [syn: laying waste, ruin, ruining,