De·stroy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Destroyed p. pr. & vb. n. Destroying.]
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.
adj 1: spoiled or ruined or demolished; "war left many cities
destroyed"; "Alzheimer's is responsible for her
destroyed mind" [ant: preserved]
2: destroyed physically or morally [syn: ruined]