Usage examples for demolish

  1. The task of revolution is not to construct the new society, but to demolish the old one, and, therefore, its first aim should be at the complete destruction of the existing state, so as to render it absolutely powerless to react and re- establish itself.... – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  2. The first care of the builder of a new system, is to demolish the fabricks which are standing. – Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare by D. Nichol Smith
  3. It is to our interest to demolish them. – The Spirit-Filled Life by John MacNeil Commentator: Andrew Murray
  4. He then began to demolish the fastnesses and to have their inhabitants moved to plain country, and those of the plains were moved to mountainous regions, so far from each other, and each so far from their native country, that they could not return to it. – History of the Incas by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa
  5. Even then he thought he might demolish him. – Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern by Edgar Saltus
  6. Five years passed away before the enterprise of building a new church in Fairfield was really begun, and then it was erected about a mile west of the site where the old one stood, and was only inclosed and made fit for occupancy at the time, and not finished and consecrated till 1798. The population was drifting from Stratfield toward the borough of Bridgeport, and in 1801 it was deemed advisable to demolish the old church and build a new one in a more central situation. – Report Of Commemorative Services With The Sermons And Addresses At The Seabury Centenary, 1883-1885. by Diocese Of Connecticut
  7. My original intention was to demolish the Power Trust- or, at least, to compel him to buy back all of its stock which he had worked off on the public. – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  8. Prussia withdrew its garrison, and the King of Holland, who continued to be sovereign of the Duchy, undertook to demolish the fortifications of Luxemburg, and to maintain it in the future as an open town. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  9. Champlain therefore decided to demolish the old fort, and to construct a more spacious one with the old materials, composed of fascines, pieces of wood and grass, after the Norman method. – The Makers of Canada: Champlain by N. E. Dionne
  10. To extinguish his jealousy, by removing the figment of a rival, might rob him of the motive that explained his persistent pursuit of the clue she had concealed; but it would simultaneously demolish, also, the barrier that stretched between Miss Gordon's happy heart and the bitter waves of a cruel disappointment. – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
  11. He happened to be posted on guard at the bridge and when he saw the Janiculum taken by a sudden assault, and that the enemy were pouring down thence in full speed, and that his own party in terror and confusion were abandoning their arms and ranks- laying hold of them one by one, standing in their way, and appealing to the faith of gods and men, he declared " that their flight would avail them nothing if they deserted their post; if they passed the bridge and left it behind them, there would soon be more of the enemy in the Palatium and Capitol than in the Janiculum; for that reason he advised and charged them to demolish the bridge, by their sword, by fire, or by any means whatever; that he would stand the shock of the enemy as far as could be done by one man." – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume II (of X) - Rome by Various
  12. He spared not the place for the beauty and sumptuousness of its fabric, and, keeping clear of those suspicions which occasioned first the unpopularity and afterwards the fall of Dion, made a public crier give notice, that all the Syracusans who were willing to have a hand in the work, should bring pick- axes and mattocks, and other instruments, and help him to demolish the fortifications of the tyrants. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  13. A reference to the Directors in England as to what they were to do with the confiscated building brought back the very decisive reply that they were " immediately on the receipt of this, without fail to demolish the Portuguese Church in the White Town at Madras, and not suffer it to stand." – The Story of Madras by Glyn Barlow
  14. He pretended bravery, boasted loudly of belonging to the 6th of the line, twirled his moustache with the air of a man who was ready to demolish everything; but his brother officers did not esteem him. – Juana by Honore de Balzac
  15. The lyddite bombs, manufactured in vast quantities by the Krupps for the Relay Gun and all other high explosives, were used to demolish the fortresses upon every frontier of Europe. – The Man Who Rocked the Earth by Arthur Train Robert Williams Wood
  16. By a royal decree of 1824 bodies in charge of church temporalities are reminded that they are managers merely, and while they are urged to undertake in good time the simple repairs that are needed for the preservation of the buildings in their charge, they are strictly forbidden to demolish any ecclesiastical building without authority from the Ministry which deals with the subject of the fine arts. – Vanishing England by P. H. Ditchfield