ru·in /ˈruən, ˌɪn; ˈrun/
1. The act of falling or tumbling down; fall. [Obs.] “His ruin startled the other steeds.”
2. Such a change of anything as destroys it, or entirely defeats its object, or unfits it for use; destruction; overthrow; as, the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes. “Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!”
3. That which is fallen down and become worthless from injury or decay; as, his mind is a ruin; especially, in the plural, the remains of a destroyed, dilapidated, or desolate house, fortress, city, or the like.
The Veian and the Gabian towers shall fall,
And one promiscuous ruin cover all;
Nor, after length of years, a stone betray
The place where once the very ruins lay. --Addison.
The labor of a day will not build up a virtuous habit on the ruins of an old and vicious character. --Buckminster.
4. The state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin.
5. That which promotes injury, decay, or destruction.
The errors of young men are the ruin of business. --Bacon.
Syn: -- Destruction; downfall; perdition; fall; overthrow; subversion; defeat; bane; pest; mischief.
Ru·in, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ruined p. pr. & vb. n. Ruining.] To bring to ruin; to cause to fall to pieces and decay; to make to perish; to bring to destruction; to bring to poverty or bankruptcy; to impair seriously; to damage essentially; to overthrow.
this mortal house I'll ruin. --Shak.
By thee raised, I ruin all my foes. --Milton.
The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us. --Franklin.
By the fireside there are old men seated,
Seeling ruined cities in the ashes. --Longfellow.
Ru·in, v. i. To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish. [R.]
Though he his house of polished marble build,
Yet shall it ruin like the moth's frail cell. --Sandys.
If we are idle, and disturb the industrious in their business, we shall ruin the faster. --Locke.
n 1: an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; "you
have brought ruin on this entire family" [syn: ruination]
2: a ruined building; "they explored several Roman ruins"
3: the process of becoming dilapidated [syn: dilapidation]
4: an event that results in destruction [syn: ruination]
5: failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
[syn: downfall, ruination]
6: destruction achieved by wrecking something [syn: laying
waste, ruining, ruination, wrecking]
v 1: destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my
car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined
her make-up" [syn: destroy]
2: destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your
chances of winning the election"
3: reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going
to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed
him" [syn: bankrupt, break, smash]
4: reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war"
5: deprive of virginity; "This dirty old man deflowered several
young girls in the village" [syn: deflower]
6: fall into ruin