De·mol·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demolished p. pr. & vb. n. Demolishing.] To throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy the fabric of; to pull to pieces; to ruin; as, to demolish an edifice, or a wall.
I expected the fabric of my book would long since have been demolished, and laid even with the ground. --Tillotson.
Syn: -- To Demolish, Overturn, Destroy, Dismantle, Raze. That is overturned or overthrown which had stood upright; that is destroyed whose component parts are scattered; that is demolished which had formed a mass or structure; that is dismantled which is stripped of its covering, as a vessel of its sails, or a fortress of its bastions, etc.; that is razed which is brought down smooth, and level to the ground. An ancient pillar is overturned or overthrown as the result of decay; a city is destroyed by an invasion of its enemies; a monument, the walls of a castle, a church, or any structure, real or imaginary, may be demolished; a fortress may be dismantled from motives of prudence, in order to render it defenseless; a city may be razed by way of punishment, and its ruins become a memorial of vengeance.
v 1: destroy completely; "the wrecking ball demolished the
building"; "demolish your enemies"; "pulverize the
rebellion before it gets out of hand" [syn: pulverize,
2: humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his
refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed
her" [syn: crush, smash]
3: defeat soundly; "The home team demolished the visitors"