destroyer

[dih-stroi-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that destroys.
2.
a fast, relatively small, warship armed mainly with 5-inch (13-cm) guns.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English destroiere (compare Old French destruiere). See destroy, -er1

self-destroyer, noun
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destroyer (dɪˈstrɔɪə)
 
n
1.  a small fast lightly armoured but heavily armed warship
2.  a person or thing that destroys

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destroyer
late 14c., "someone or something that destroys," from O.Fr. destruiere (see destroy). As a type of warship, 1893, originally torpedo-boat destroyer; the class name perhaps from the proper name given to one such ship in the U.S. Navy in 1882.
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Destroyer definition


(Ex. 12:23), the agent employed in the killing of the first-born; the destroying angel or messenger of God. (Comp. 2 Kings 19:35; 2 Sam. 24:15, 16; Ps. 78:49; Acts 12:23.)

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