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destroy
WordNet 2.0
  • defeat soundly
  • "The home team demolished the visitors"
  • as of animals
  • "The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid"
  • destroy completely
  • damage irreparably
  • "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"
  • "The tears ruined her make-up"
  • do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
  • "The fire destroyed the house"
destroy
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

 

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