destroy

[dih-stroi]
verb (used with object)
1.
to reduce (an object) to useless fragments, a useless form, or remains, as by rending, burning, or dissolving; injure beyond repair or renewal; demolish; ruin; annihilate.
2.
to put an end to; extinguish.
3.
to kill; slay.
4.
to render ineffective or useless; nullify; neutralize; invalidate.
5.
to defeat completely.
verb (used without object)
6.
to engage in destruction.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English destroyen < Old French destruire < Vulgar Latin *dēstrūgere, for Latin dēstruere (dē- de- + struere to pick up, build)

destroyable, adjective
half-destroyed, adjective
predestroy, verb (used with object)
self-destroyed, adjective
self-destroying, adjective
undestroyed, adjective
well-destroyed, adjective

decimal, decimate, destroy (see usage note at decimate)(see synonym study at the current entry).


1. smash, level, waste, ravage, devastate. Destroy, demolish, raze imply reducing a thing to uselessness. To destroy is to reduce something to nothingness or to take away its powers and functions so that restoration is impossible: Fire destroys a building. Disease destroys tissues. To demolish is to destroy something organized or structured: to demolish a machine. To raze is to level down to the ground: to raze a fortress. 2. extirpate, annihilate, uproot.


1, 2. create.
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destroy (dɪˈstrɔɪ)
 
vb
1.  to ruin; spoil; render useless
2.  to tear down or demolish; break up; raze
3.  to put an end to; do away with; extinguish
4.  to kill or annihilate
5.  to crush, subdue, or defeat
6.  (intr) to be destructive or cause destruction
 
[C13: from Old French destruire, from Latin dēstruere to pull down, from de- + struere to pile up, build]
 
de'stroyable
 
adj

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destroy
earlly 13c., from O.Fr. destruire, from V.L. *destrugerie (infl. by destructos), from L. destruere "tear down, demolish," lit. "un-build," from de- "un-, down" + struere "to pile, build" (see structure).
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Slang Dictionary

destroyed definition


  1. mod.
    drug intoxicated. : The kid who took angel dust is destroyed most of the time.
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Example sentences
Houses and other destroyed buildings are being demolished and construction is
  underway practically everywhere you look.
Trade barriers and monopolies merely destroyed entrepreneurialism.
Human serum destroyed only eight of the bacterial strains.
Further civil wars destroyed much of the library's contents.
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