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[dih-mol-ish] /dɪˈmɒl ɪʃ/
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)
Related forms
demolisher, noun
demolishment, noun
half-demolished, adjective
undemolished, adjective
1. level, wreck, bulldoze. See destroy. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • He has demonstrated great resiliency in repeated efforts to move on to new talking points after earlier ones are demolished.
  • My conviction of the greatness of your country has been demolished.
  • Generally, though, the urban poor are resourceful in scavenging wood from garbage dumps and demolished construction sites.
  • And then he systematically demolished every one of those reasons.
  • Its mosques were demolished, and its surviving members scattered and went underground.
  • When that argument was demolished, they claimed few knew of wrongdoing.
British Dictionary definitions for demolished


verb (transitive)
to tear down or break up (buildings, etc)
to destroy; put an end to (an argument, etc)
(facetious) to eat up: she demolished the whole cake!
Derived Forms
demolisher, noun
demolishment, noun
Word Origin
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 and History for demolished



1560s, from Middle French demoliss-, present participle stem of démolir "to destroy, tear down" (late 14c.), from Latin demoliri "tear down," from de- "down" (see de-) + moliri "build, construct," from moles (genitive molis) "massive structure" (see mole (n.3)). Related: Demolished; demolishing.

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