One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘journalists reported considerable destruction within the town by allied bombers’
demolition, knocking down, pulling down, tearing down, levelling, razing, razing to the ground, felling, dismantling, breaking up, wrecking, ruination, smashing, shattering, blasting, blowing up, dynamiting, bombing, torpedoing
2‘the continuing destruction of the countryside’
spoliation, devastation, spoiling, ruination, wrecking, blighting, marring, disfigurement, impairment, defacing, scarring, injury, harm, laying waste, desolation, ravaging
3‘the destruction of BSE-infected cattle’
killing, killing off, putting down, putting to sleep, slaughter, slaughtering, extermination, termination
4‘the careful and strategic destruction of the enemies' forces’
annihilation, wiping out, obliteration, elimination, eradication, liquidation, extinction, finishing off, rooting out, extirpation
killing, slaughter, slaughtering, massacre, massacring, butchery, butchering, extermination, decimation
informal taking out, rubbing out, snuffing out, zapping
North American informal wasting
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