halfdemolished

demolish

[dih-mol-ish]
verb (used with object)
1.
to destroy or ruin (a building or other structure), especially on purpose; tear down; raze.
2.
to put an end to; destroy; explode: The results of his research demolished many theories.
3.
to lay waste to; ruin utterly: The fire demolished the area.
4.
Informal. to devour completely: We simply demolished that turkey.

Origin:
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)

demolisher, noun
demolishment, noun
half-demolished, adjective
undemolished, adjective


1. level, wreck, bulldoze. See destroy.
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demolish (dɪˈmɒlɪʃ)
 
vb
1.  to tear down or break up (buildings, etc)
2.  to destroy; put an end to (an argument, etc)
3.  facetious to eat up: she demolished the whole cake!
 
[C16: from French démolir, from Latin dēmōlīrī to throw down, destroy, from de- + mōlīrī to strive, toil, construct, from mōles mass, bulk]
 
de'molisher
 
n
 
de'molishment
 
n

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demolish
1560s, from M.Fr. demoliss-, stem of demolir "to destroy, tear down" (late 14c.), from L. demoliri "tear down," from de- "down" + moliri "build, construct," from moles (gen. molis) "massive structure."
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