One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the spectre of a ruinous trade war loomed’
disastrous, devastating, catastrophic, calamitous, cataclysmic, crippling, crushing, dire, injurious, damaging, destructive, harmful
2‘lending money at ruinous interest rates’
extortionate, exorbitant, excessively high, sky-high, outrageous, inflated, more than can be afforded
British over the odds
informal criminal, steep
3‘a little to the west of the house is an old, ruinous chapel’
derelict, in ruins, ruined, gone to rack and ruin, dilapidated, tumbledown, ramshackle, broken-down, decrepit, in disrepair, falling to pieces, falling apart, crumbling, decaying, disintegrating
North American informal shacky
intact, well maintained
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