Meaning of RUIN in English



Function: verb


Synonyms: DESTROY 1, decimate, demolish, raze, unbuild, undo, unframe, unmake, wrack, wreck

Related Words: deface, disfigure; maim, mangle, mutilate; depredate, desecrate, desolate, despoil, devastate, devour, pillage, sack, spoliate, waste

Antonyms: restore

2 to subject to forces that are destructive of soundness, worth, or usefulness FF1C; in danger of being ruined by prosperity FF1E;

Synonyms: bankrupt, dilapidate, do in, shipwreck, wreck

Related Words: corrupt, debase, degenerate, vitiate

Idioms: play hob ( or the devil) with

Contrasted Words: rebuild, renew, restore; reclaim, redeem, retrieve, salvage

3 to overthrow the fortunes of FF1C; was ruined during the Great Depression FF1E;

Synonyms: bankrupt, break, bust, fold up, impoverish, pauper, pauperize

Related Words: beggar, clean out, deplete, drain, draw, draw down, exhaust, use up; wipe (out); reduce

Idioms: go under, lose one's shirt ( or pants), take to the cleaners


Synonyms: FRUSTRATE 1, baffle, balk, beat, bilk, circumvent, dash, disappoint, foil, thwart

Merriam Webster. Collegiate thesaurus English dictionary.      Английский энциклопедический толковый словарь тезауруса.