1. To unbuild; to pull or tear down; to separate virulently into its constituent parts; to break up the structure and organic existence of; to demolish.
"But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves." -- Ex. xxxiv. 13.
2. To ruin; to bring to naught; to put an end to; to annihilate; to consume.
"I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation." -- Jer. xii. 17.
3. To put an end to the existence, prosperity, or beauty of; to kill.
"If him by force he can destroy, or, worse, By some false guile pervert." -- Milton.
Syn. -- To demolish; lay waste; consume; raze; dismantle; ruin; throw down; overthrow; subvert; desolate; devastate; deface; extirpate; extinguish; kill; slay. See Demolish.