the act of destroying: wanton destruction of a town.
the condition of being destroyed; demolition; annihilation.
a cause or means of destroying.

1275–1325; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēstructiōn- (stem of dēstructiō), equivalent to dēstruct(us) (past participle of dēstruere; see destroy) + -iōn- -ion

nondestruction, noun
predestruction, noun
semidestruction, noun

1. See ruin. Unabridged
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destruction (dɪˈstrʌkʃən)
1.  the act of destroying or state of being destroyed; demolition
2.  a cause of ruin or means of destroying
[C14: from Latin dēstructiō a pulling down; see destroy]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from L. destructionem, from stem of destruere "tear down" (see destroy).
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Bible Dictionary

Destruction definition

in Job 26:6, 28:22 (Heb. abaddon) is sheol, the realm of the dead.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Schumpeter was tempted to visit some creative destruction on the book with a
But severe earthquakes that cause widespread destruction happen on average once
  every five years.
Today, water is a bigger concern than the wind when it comes to property
  destruction and loss of life.
Hernández throws his hands up in despair when he thinks of the destruction.
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