Definition of destruction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈstrʌkʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrʌkʃn//
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the act of destroying something; the process of being destroyed the destruction of the rainforests weapons of mass destruction a tidal wave bringing death and destruction in its wake The central argument is that capitalism sows the seeds of its own destruction (= creates the forces that destroy it). Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin destructio(n-), from the verb destruere, from de- (expressing reversal) + struere ‘build’.Word Familydestroy verbdestroyer noundestruction noundestructive adjectiveindestructible adjectiveExtra examples By doubling its prices, the industry sowed the seeds of its own destruction. Children will quickly test their toys to destruction. He gasped as he saw how much destruction she had wrought with the hammer. He had miraculously survived the destruction of the spacecraft. He witnessed the destruction of most of his work in a studio fire. Some shopkeepers closed early to prevent the wholesale destruction of their property by the hooligans. The earthquake caused loss of life and property destruction. The tornado left a trail of destruction behind it. Three of the paintings escaped destruction. a war of mutual destruction modern weapons of mass destruction the destruction brought about by war the environmental destruction caused by road building the threat of nuclear destruction which haunts the post-war world the wanton destruction of public property those who seek the destruction of our way of life
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