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Definition of Ruin


  1. The act of falling or tumbling down; fall.
  2. Such a change of anything as destroys it, or entirely defeats its object, or unfits it for use; destruction; overthrow; as, the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes.
  3. That which is fallen down and become worthless from injury or decay; as, his mind is a ruin; especially, in the plural, the remains of a destroyed, dilapidated, or desolate house, fortress, city, or the like.
  4. The state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin.
  5. That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction.
  6. To bring to ruin; to cause to fall to pieces and decay; to make to perish; to bring to destruction; to bring to poverty or bankruptcy; to impair seriously; to damage essentially; to overthrow.
  7. To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish.
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Ruin Translations

ruin in Danish is ruinere
ruin in French is ruinez, ruinons, ruine, mort, ruinent
ruin in German is Ruine, Ruin, ruinieren, verderben
ruin in Italian is viziare, rovina, rovinare
ruin in Latin is everto, perdo, eversio, pessum dare, letum, attero
ruin in Spanish is averiarse, ruina, arruinar