Adjective "Ruined" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The physical destruction or disintegration of something or the state of disintegrating or being destroyed.
  1. 'The human figure is reduced to anonymity in the seemingly endless vista of ruin and devastation.'
  2. 'Farmers face financial disaster after freak rain storms thrashed crops into muddy ruin.'
  3. 'In the midst of mass destruction, death and ruin, Lamb is quick to point out the bird singing, the lone flower pushing defiantly through the dirt, the smell of a pine tree.'
  4. 'Doors and windows are constantly falling out and the place is falling to ruin before their very eyes.'
  5. 'Blessed with cataclysmic vision, we don't admit gentler outcomes, such as mere catastrophe or ruin.'
  6. 'The treasures of the past most at risk of falling into ruin are revealed in a comprehensive register.'
  7. 'Javius looked away from them to the ruin and destruction of nearly a fourth of his army.'
  8. 'Remember, Japan was the most devastated country in World War II, in terms of the atomic ruin of major cities and the destruction of the old order.'
  9. 'He whispered in her ear, grabbing her hand in his and pulling her away from the devastation and ruin of the once lush and beautiful land Elena knew as home.'
  10. 'In Tolkien's world, evil is the antithesis of creativity, and is dependent on destruction and ruin for its basis.'
  11. 'the ruins of the castle'
  12. 'People have tried to locate both the ruins of these buildings and the quarries from which the local stone used in their construction was taken.'
  13. 'He continued to fight the approaching enemy, taking cover from behind the ruins of a building that had been ripped apart.'
  14. 'In the moonlight, the ruins of some building stood.'
  15. 'In the middle of Northstead was a conical mound with the ruins of a stone building, said by some historians to have been the Manor House, by others to have been a magazine.'
  16. 'The ruins of the apartment buildings were quickly bulldozed after the 1999 bombings.'
  17. 'You may even want to visit the beautiful Mayan ruin of Tikal in nearby Guatemala at the same time.'
  18. 'Two further weeks were spent on an exterior set, built into the ruins of a castle outside Prague, where the streets of London were constructed.'
  19. 'The ruins of ancient Indian buildings strike the imagination.'
  20. 'At Tumacacori, a museum and the ruins of the church vie for attention.'
  21. 'In May 1945 it was the Russians who hoisted their flag over the ruins of the Reichstag building in Berlin.'
  22. 'the ruin and heartbreak wrought by alcohol, divorce, and violence'
  23. 'Even so, I did not leave the young, brown-haired man in complete despair and ruin.'
  24. 'Mr Fleetwood justifiably said that this was a devastating claim to make against a private individual and one which would spell personal ruin for Mr James.'
  25. 'Marijuana smoking, experts point out, can make a helpless addict of its victim within weeks, causing physical and moral ruin, and death.'
  26. 'the financial cost could mean ruin'
  27. 'Two successive bad harvests brought the risk of ruin.'
  28. 'She is facing ruin after costs of tens of thousands of pounds were awarded against her.'
  29. 'But other than that, if you get sick, you're in danger of financial ruin.'
  30. 'Unfortunately her formal education came to a stop in 1839 as a result of her father's financial ruin and social disgrace.'
  31. 'He said today that he had only avoided such ruin after being left money following the death of his 103-year-old mother.'
  32. 'In the years ahead, I expect to see some solo bloggers get in trouble - and some get driven to personal ruin when they lose libel lawsuits.'
  33. 'If any of these people demonstrate more loyalty to the customer than to the government, they risk bringing their businesses to financial ruin.'
  34. 'They might not have been as happy, but they didn't face complete ruin.'
  35. 'My heart goes out to the unfortunate farmers who will suffer economic ruin from this unforeseen disaster and I weep for the families whose members have been struck down by this fickle virus.'
  36. 'The court was told that he faced financial ruin in relation to the costs of a libel action he had taken out against the Sunday Times.'
  37. 'It was his intemperance which made him deaf to the appeals of Haemon, and which led him to disregard till it was too late the warnings of Teiresias; it was his intemperance which was his ruin.'


Reduce (a building or place) to a state of decay, collapse, or disintegration.
  1. 'A landlord and landlady today told of the battle to prevent their pub being ruined by flood water.'
  2. 'She must have walked for an hour or two, heading nowhere in particular, when she felt a weird, sudden urge to go to the Shambles, a local ruined building, with no roof.'
  3. 'It notes that most people do not have access to safe water, power failures are frequent and the country's landscape still features ruined buildings.'
  4. 'He says the soldiers systematically demolished the village and ruined the surrounding land.'
  5. 'In one such living quarters one end of the building is ruined and reclaimed by the vigorous growth of the rainforest.'
  6. 'The landslides of September 19 destroyed their farms, killed their livestock, and ruined their land.'
  7. 'All he was trying to do was stop the firework from ruining our house.'
  8. 'These skirmishes further ruined many fine plantations.'
  9. 'Once it is gone, it is gone forever and our grandchildren will never forgive us, if this open space is ruined - and we will never forgive you or the council if those proposals go through.'
  10. 'Although partly ruined, largely due to the bombardment by Morozini in 1687, it still fills the visitor with admiration and awe.'
  11. 'a noisy motorway has ruined village life'
  12. 'If she didn't let him, he'd go to Uncle Luther, and then she'd be done for sure, her big break would be ruined.'
  13. 'Many were anxious it would harm their health and ruin the charm of their community.'
  14. 'I write in response to the story about boy racers ruining the town centre and participating in so-called ‘anti-social’ behaviour.'
  15. 'He orders the young man not to look at him either because as client or director this would ruin the effect he wants to achieve.'
  16. 'The project has encountered some objections prompted by concerns that the extension and alterations will ruin the listed building's image.'
  17. 'His parents were working on a billion dollar assignment, when John sabotaged everything, and ruined their reputations.'
  18. 'And an opposition researcher took a picture, blew it up into a placard and brought it to a rally, which had the effect of instantly ruining the guy's campaign.'
  19. 'Ineffective strategic management can bankrupt companies and ruin the careers of chief executives.'
  20. 'His first anniversary was ruined when thieves broke into his shop and removed goods valued at around £18,000.'
  21. 'I rocked back on my heels and pretended to be offended, though the effect was probably ruined by the badly suppressed grin on my face.'
  22. 'Braddock had all his money tied up in stocks and the crash left him ruined.'
  23. 'He was much in demand for occasional music but died in poverty, ruined by his attempts to find the philosopher's stone.'
Fall headlong or with a crash.

    More definitions

    1. ruins, the remains of a building, city, etc., that has been destroyed or that is in disrepair or a state of decay: We visited the ruins of ancient Greece.

    2. a destroyed or decayed building, town, etc.

    3. a fallen, wrecked, or decayed condition: The building fell to ruin.

    4. the downfall, decay, or destruction of anything.

    5. the complete loss of health, means, position, hope, or the like.

    6. something that causes a downfall or destruction; blight: Alcohol was his ruin. 7

    More examples(as adjective)

    "neatlies can be ruined after catastrophes."

    "drawers can be ruined after catastrophes."

    "reactors can be ruined."

    "buildings can be ruined."

    "castles can be ruined."

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    (ruin)Middle English (in the sense ‘collapse of a building’): from Old French ruine, from Latin ruina, from ruere ‘to fall’.


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