Definitions of ruin

  1. To fall into ruins or ruin.
  2. To bring to ruin; fall into ruin.
  3. To pull down, destroy, overthrow, or make poor.
  4. To demolish: to destroy: to defeat: to impoverish.
  5. To demolish; destroy; utterly spoil; impoverish.
  6. To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish.
  7. To decay; perish; be brought to poverty and misery.
  8. destroy completely; damage irreparably; " You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; " The tears ruined her make- up"
  9. destroy or cause to fail; " This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"
  10. fall into ruin
  11. To demolish; to pull down, destroy, subvert, or defeat; to impoverish; to bring to everlasting misery.
  12. To demolish; to destroy; to subvert; to bring to an end in any manner; to impoverish; to bring to misery.
  13. The remains of anything demolished or decayed.
  14. The remains of any decayed or demolished place or thing, as a house or city.
  15. failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
  16. a ruined building; " they explored several Roman ruins"
  17. an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; " you have brought ruin on this entire family"
  18. reduce to ruins; " The country lay ruined after the war"
  19. move away or escape suddenly; " The horses broke from the stable"; " Three inmates broke jail"; " Nobody can break out-- this prison is high security"
  20. Such a change of anything as destroys it, or entirely defeats its object, or unfits it for use; destruction; overthrow; as, the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes.
  21. That which is fallen down and become worthless from injury or decay; as, his mind is a ruin; especially, in the plural, the remains of a destroyed, dilapidated, or desolate house, fortress, city, or the like.
  22. The state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin.
  23. That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction.
  24. To bring to ruin; to cause to fall to pieces and decay; to make to perish; to bring to destruction; to bring to poverty or bankruptcy; to impair seriously; to damage essentially; to overthrow.
  25. Overthrow; destruction; downfall; that which causes destruction or decay; that which remains of something destroyed or fallen into decay; the state of decay or desolation.
  26. Ruination.
  27. A rushing or falling down violently: destruction: overthrow: that which destroys: the remains of a building demolished or decayed ( usually in pl.).
  28. Destruction; overthrow; remains of buildings, & c.
  29. Destruction or a cause of destruction; demolition; decay; desolation.
  30. Remains of something demolished or decayed.
  31. Destruction; overthrow; that which destroys; cause of destruction; ruined state; a ruined structure.
  32. Fall; destruction; overthrow; that change of a thing which destroys it, which entirely defeats its objects, or which unfits it for use; subversion; that which destroys; loss of happiness or fortune; mischief.