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1In attributive use.
2Chiefly Jamaican. Of land: exhausted and allowed to revert to the wild.
Chiefly Jamaican. Formerly cultivated land which has reverted to the wild; a tract of such land.
1with object To reduce (a person) to a state of complete poverty; to deprive of moral or social standing. Also refl. Compare "ruin". Now frequently regional.
2with object To cause great and usually irreparable damage to (something). Compare "ruin" Now chiefly archaic and regional.
Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin ruinatus, past participle of ruinare ruin<br>mid 16th century. From post-classical Latin ruinat-, past participial stem of ruinare ruin.
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