What does ruin mean?

Definitions for ruin
ˈru ɪnru·in

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruin, ruinationnoun

    an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction

    "you have brought ruin on this entire family"

  2. ruinnoun

    a ruined building

    "they explored several Roman ruins"

  3. dilapidation, ruinnoun

    the process of becoming dilapidated

  4. ruin, ruinationnoun

    an event that results in destruction

  5. downfall, ruin, ruinationnoun

    failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

  6. laying waste, ruin, ruining, ruination, wreckingverb

    destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

  7. destroy, ruinverb

    destroy completely; damage irreparably

    "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"

  8. ruinverb

    destroy or cause to fail

    "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"

  9. bankrupt, ruin, break, smashverb

    reduce to bankruptcy

    "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"

  10. ruinverb

    reduce to ruins

    "The country lay ruined after the war"

  11. deflower, ruinverb

    deprive of virginity

    "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"

  12. ruinverb

    fall into ruin


  1. ruinnoun

    construction withered by time.

    Etymology: From ruine, from ruine, from ruina, from ruo.

  2. ruinnoun

    The state of being a ruin, destroyed or decayed.

    The monastery has fallen into ruin.

    Etymology: From ruine, from ruine, from ruina, from ruo.

  3. ruinnoun

    Something which leads to serious troubles.

    Gambling has been the ruin to many.

    Etymology: From ruine, from ruine, from ruina, from ruo.

  4. ruinverb

    to cause the ruin of.

    Etymology: From ruine, from ruine, from ruina, from ruo.

  5. ruinverb

    To destroy or make something no longer be able to be for good use.

    He ruined his new white slacks by accidentally spilling oil on them.

    Etymology: From ruine, from ruine, from ruina, from ruo.

  6. ruinverb

    To mess up the plans or progress of, or to put into disarray; to spoil.

    My car breaking down just as I was on the road ruined my vacation.

    Etymology: From ruine, from ruine, from ruina, from ruo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruinnoun

    the act of falling or tumbling down; fall

    Etymology: [Cf. F. ruiner, LL. ruinare. See Ruin, n.]

  2. Ruinnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. ruiner, LL. ruinare. See Ruin, n.]

  3. Ruinnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. ruiner, LL. ruinare. See Ruin, n.]

  4. Ruinnoun

    the state of being dcayed, or of having become ruined or worthless; as, to be in ruins; to go to ruin

    Etymology: [Cf. F. ruiner, LL. ruinare. See Ruin, n.]

  5. Ruinnoun

    that which promotes injury, decay, or destruction

    Etymology: [Cf. F. ruiner, LL. ruinare. See Ruin, n.]

  6. Ruinnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. ruiner, LL. ruinare. See Ruin, n.]

  7. Ruinverb

    to fall to ruins; to go to ruin; to become decayed or dilapidated; to perish

    Etymology: [Cf. F. ruiner, LL. ruinare. See Ruin, n.]


  1. Ruin

    Ruin is the second album by the metalcore band Architects. This was the first album to feature the vocalist Sam Carter and bassist Alex "Ali Dino" Dean. Stylistically, this album displays a minor change in the band's style, with the mathcore of Nightmares being melded with a more fluid metalcore sound. Clean vocals are implemented again in a few songs,to a larger extent than on Nightmares, although not as prominently as in later releases. As well as a change in style this album marks a change in guitar tuning, from drop C to drop B, for all tracks, except Low, which features the same tuning as drop B, but with the low B tuned to F#.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ruin

    rōō′in, n. a rushing or falling down violently: destruction: overthrow: that which destroys: the remains of a building demolished or decayed (usually in pl.): the state of being ruined: wreck, material or moral.—v.t. to demolish: to destroy: to defeat: to impoverish: to bring to ruin: to undo: to spoil: to seduce, debauch.—v.i. to run to ruin: to fall into decay: to do irreparable harm.—adj. Ru′inable (Bacon), capable of being ruined.—v.t. Ru′ināte (Shak.), to ruin, to destroy: to demolish: to reduce to poverty.—v.i. (Spens.) to fall:—pr.p. ru′ināting; pa.p. ru′ināted.adj. (obs.) falling to ruin: ruined.—ns. Ruinā′tion, overthrow: subversion; Ru′iner.—adjs. Ru′iniform, having the appearance of ruins; Ru′inous, fallen to ruins: decayed: pernicious.—adv. Ru′inously.—n. Ru′inousness, the state or quality of being ruinous: mischievousness. [Fr.,—L. ruinaruĕre, to tumble down.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ruin' in Nouns Frequency: #2886

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruin in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ruin in a Sentence

  1. Logan Campbell:

    We have to get this right, if we move too fast and there's an accident, it could ruin the entire industry.

  2. Bertrand Russell:

    Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth more than ruin more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

  3. Committee Chairman David Cicilline:

    Companies... both large and small, have found themselves dependent on the arbitrary whim of these platform giants, one algorithm tweak away from ruin, because their decisions are largely unaccountable, opaque, and result in sweeping consequences, the dominant platforms effectively serve as private regulators.

  4. Jimmy Kimmel:

    It’s not like she was intentionally trying to ruin the song, and in Fergie’s defense, we don’t know what Francis Scott Key was thinking when he wrote the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’ Maybe he wanted it to be sexy.

  5. Sanaa Lathan:

    I'm super good friends with her stepmom and her dad [ Stan, a producer-director ], and they were mad at me, they were like,' Why would you do this to the family ? You know, black actresses, you guys have to stick together, it's so hard for you guys to get work as it is, why would you try to ruin her career ?' But I didn't try to ruin her career. I never said her name ! I was just trying to say how Beyoncé kept me from goin' to jail that night. I coulda just shut my whole career down.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. aculeate
    • B. soft-witted
    • C. occlusive
    • D. defiant

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