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[roo-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌru əˈneɪ ʃən/
the act or state of ruining or the state of being ruined.
something that ruins.
Origin of ruination
1655-65; ruinate + -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ruination
  • The average swimming pool or hot tub contains enough to dry one's hair to the point of ruination.
  • His feelings remained ambivalent because the world was now in ruins, and he bore much of the responsibility for the ruination.
  • But the economy's ruination brought the possibility of political rebirth.
  • First, we're a bit early in the ruination of state budgets.
  • The afterglow of success will be brief as the nation returns to the serious business of avoiding financial ruination.
  • In one you may have all of these factors spelling a ruination of family's prospects.
  • The preservation, or the state of ruination, at each site tells a story.
  • To move elsewhere in search of work means financial ruination to them.
British Dictionary definitions for ruination


the act of ruining or the state of being ruined
something that causes ruin
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Word Origin and History for ruination

1660s, from verb ruinate "to go to ruin" (1540s), from Medieval Latin ruinatus, past participle of ruinare, from Latin ruina (see ruin (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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