One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a fascinating medieval town with a ruined castle’
derelict, in ruins, gone to rack and ruin, dilapidated, ruinous, tumbledown, ramshackle, broken-down, decrepit, in disrepair, falling to pieces, falling apart, crumbling, decaying, disintegrating
North American informal shacky
NZ informal munted
intact, well maintained
2‘he finds his reputation as an art dealer ruined’
destroyed, in ruins, in pieces, in ashes, falling down about one's ears
over, finished, at an end
informal in tatters, in shreds, on the rocks, done for, toast
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