Definition Of ruin


fall headlong or with a crash.

carriages go ruining over the brink from time to time

reduce (a building or place) to a state of decay, collapse, or disintegration.

a ruined castle

the physical destruction or disintegration of something or the state of disintegrating or being destroyed.

a large white house falling into gentle ruin

Example Of ruin

  • A grieving widow who has travelled from China for the funeral of her student son told how his hit-and-run death has left her a broken woman facing financial ruin .

  • a large white house falling into gentle ruin

  • After the destruction and ruin of the war years, and the climate of nationalism which preceded them, many hoped for a new model of political co-operation in Europe.

  • All over the world human strife arises from these sources, escalating into violence, bringing death and scattering ruin .

  • At least 5 per cent of Britain's livestock population has now been destroyed; many farmers face potential ruin .

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