Ruin

Definition of Ruin

Ru´in
n.1.The act of falling or tumbling down; fall.
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.
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.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Ruined ;p. pr. & vb. n. Ruining.]
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.
v. i.1.To fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish.
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.

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