Definition of ruination in US English:



  • 1The action or fact of ruining someone or something or of being ruined.

    ‘commercial malpractice causes the ruination of thousands of people’
    • ‘It may be possible, she says, to help such opportunists by training them to control their impulses and to think through the consequences of their behaviour: prison, the hurt to family and friends, the ruination of their own lives.’
    • ‘We could have stalled the ruination of thousands of small production units if we had paid heed to the plea of a level-playing field.’
    • ‘There were no thanks, no acknowledgment, just a pointed few words on how the collapse of marriage could bring ruination to society.’
    • ‘I suspect that the neglectful ruination of Havana has served a profoundly ideological purpose.’
    • ‘For those without it, drink spells only ruination and confusion.’
    • ‘These actions nearly brought about the ruination of the association and the destruction of members' livelihoods.’
    • ‘Much of the rich, original bird and plant life was wiped out by early settlers, who left behind their domestic animals to create further ruination.’
    • ‘This relationship was unrealistic, and doomed from the outset, came between Wilde and his art, and became his ruination.’
    • ‘Play was his ruination - he once won £60,000 at a single gaming session, but lost it in a week.’
    • ‘And it is David's well-meaning employment of Sheila as a secretary that leads to his ruination.’
    • ‘Compared to the natural process of ruination, human destruction seems much more ferocious.’
    • ‘A defector from the military regime in the late 1980s, he has seen the ruination of his country by the superstition-ridden clique of generals who have led the country since the 1960s.’
    • ‘It was disordered thinking like that which led to his ruination in the stock market.’
    • ‘The principal cause of ruination is wanton excess through the sin of hubris.’
    • ‘One of his vices was gardening, and after ruination in the war he vowed to do nothing but ‘rebuild his estate and worship God’ through his garden.’
    • ‘The idea that ruination and decimation of the peasants could promote industrialisation of the country is too absurd in itself.’
    • ‘You can protect yourself now, or face ruination.’
    • ‘We must find out what their weak points are, and then allow their weaknesses to be their ruination.’
    • ‘Those students who had to borrow to get the money to pay their fees in the first place, faced the loss of their homes and ruination of their families to try to protect their rights.’
    • ‘Universities may be outraged at further ruination - but who cares about bleating academics at election time?’
    disintegration, decay, disrepair, dilapidation, falling to pieces, decrepitude
    downfall, collapse, defeat, overthrow, undoing, fall, failure, breakdown, break-up, disintegration, devastation
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    1. 1.1 The state of being ruined.
      ‘the headquarters fell into ruination’
      • ‘But he had his own path to ruination he was set upon, and my being around did nothing to deter him.’
      • ‘Do not worry; it takes more than ruination to distance our loved ones.’
      • ‘Its loose structure is concerned less with broad narrative arcs than with random, largely comic snapshots of ruination.’
      • ‘What can it mean that people should live contentedly in the ruins of their own capital city, the ruination having been wrought not by war or natural disaster but by prolonged (and in my view deliberate) neglect?’
      • ‘In contrast to this seaside scene, on which the sun smiles, the illustration on the right depicts ignorance, ruination, and mob rule.’
      • ‘They went on to build up Japan once more from ruination and became the puppeteers of Japan's political structure from their powerbase in the Jiyuto.’
      • ‘The first steps to ruination can be traced to the Russo-Japanese War.’
      • ‘I walked on, feeling sick to the stomach as I saw so much misery and ruination.’
      failure, disaster, catastrophe, debacle, shambles, farce, mess, wreck, ruin, blunder, botch, abortion
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Mid 17th century: from obsolete ruinate + -ion.