demolition

[dem-uh-lish-uhn, dee-muh-]
noun
1.
an act or instance of demolishing.
2.
the state of being demolished; destruction.
3.
destruction or demolishment by explosives.
4.
demolitions, explosives, especially as used in war.
adjective
5.
of, pertaining to, or working with explosives: A demolition squad attempted to blow up the bridge before the enemy captured it.
6.
of or pertaining to tearing down or demolishing: Demolition work had begun on the old building.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin dēmōlītiōn- (stem of dēmōlītiō), equivalent to dēmōlīt(us) (past participle of dēmōlīrī; see demolish) + -iōn- -ion

demolitionist, noun
nondemolition, noun
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demolition (ˌdɛməˈlɪʃən, ˌdiː-)
 
n
1.  the act of demolishing or state of being demolished
2.  chiefly military
 a.  destruction by explosives
 b.  (as modifier): a demolition charge
 
demo'litionist
 
n, —adj

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demolition
1540s, from Fr. démolition (14c.), from L. demolitionem, noun of action from demoliri (see demolish). Mencken noted demolition engineer for "house-wrecker" by 1936. Demolition derby is recorded from 1956, Amer.Eng., defined by OED as "a contest in which old cars
are battered into one another, the last one running being declared the winner."
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Example sentences
Demolition on the site has already begun, reports say.
It was, presumably, a candidate for either renovation or demolition.
The city declared the charming but architecturally undistinguished buildings
  historic landmarks, blocking demolition for a year.
Except for the demolition of the old buildings, nothing came of either plan.
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