verb (used with object)
to destroy or ruin (a building or other structure), especially on purpose; tear down; raze.
to put an end to; destroy; explode: The results of his research demolished many theories.
to lay waste to; ruin utterly: The fire demolished the area.
Informal. to devour completely: We simply demolished that turkey.

1560–70; < Middle French démoliss-, stem of démolir < Latin dēmōlīrī to destroy, equivalent to dē- de- + mōlīrī to set in motion, struggle (mōl(ēs) mass, bulk + -īrī infinitive suffix)

demolisher, noun
demolishment, noun
half-demolished, adjective
undemolished, adjective

1. level, wreck, bulldoze. See destroy. Unabridged
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demolish (dɪˈmɒlɪʃ)
1.  to tear down or break up (buildings, etc)
2.  to destroy; put an end to (an argument, etc)
3.  facetious to eat up: she demolished the whole cake!
[C16: from French démolir, from Latin dēmōlīrī to throw down, destroy, from de- + mōlīrī to strive, toil, construct, from mōles mass, bulk]

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Word Origin & History

1560s, from M.Fr. demoliss-, stem of demolir "to destroy, tear down" (late 14c.), from L. demoliri "tear down," from de- "down" + moliri "build, construct," from moles (gen. molis) "massive structure."
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Example sentences
Which means, the whole world is getting demolished by a bunch of stoned people.
Your earlier suggestion of using electric car batteries for grid backup storage
  was demolished in an earlier forum.
Also, there are not more dams being demolished than constructed.
They cannot be demolished yet, and nobody knows how long they will remain air
  and water tight.
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