What does ruin mean?

Definitions for ruin
ˈru ɪnru·in

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ruin.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruin, ruination(noun)

    an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction

    "you have brought ruin on this entire family"

  2. ruin(noun)

    a ruined building

    "they explored several Roman ruins"

  3. dilapidation, ruin(noun)

    the process of becoming dilapidated

  4. ruin, ruination(noun)

    an event that results in destruction

  5. downfall, ruin, ruination(noun)

    failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

  6. laying waste, ruin, ruining, ruination, wrecking(verb)

    destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

  7. destroy, ruin(verb)

    destroy completely; damage irreparably

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

  8. ruin(verb)

    destroy or cause to fail

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

  9. bankrupt, ruin, break, smash(verb)

    reduce to bankruptcy

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

  10. ruin(verb)

    reduce to ruins

    "The country lay ruined after the war"

  11. deflower, ruin(verb)

    deprive of virginity

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

  12. ruin(verb)

    fall into ruin


  1. ruin(Noun)

    construction withered by time.

  2. ruin(Noun)

    The state of being a ruin, destroyed or decayed.

    The monastery has fallen into ruin.

  3. ruin(Noun)

    Something which leads to serious troubles.

    Gambling has been the ruin to many.

  4. ruin(Verb)

    to cause the ruin of.

  5. ruin(Verb)

    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.

  6. ruin(Verb)

    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.

  7. Origin: From ruine, from ruine, from ruina, from ruo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruin(noun)

    the act of falling or tumbling down; fall

  2. Ruin(noun)

    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. Ruin(noun)

    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

  4. Ruin(noun)

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

  5. Ruin(noun)

    that which promotes injury, decay, or destruction

  6. Ruin(noun)

    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

  7. Ruin(verb)

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

  8. Origin: [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.]

Suggested Resources

  1. RUIN

    What does RUIN stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the RUIN acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce ruin?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say ruin in sign language?

  1. ruin


  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. Egyptian Proverb:

    A man's ruin lies in his tongue.

  2. Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes:

    Reality continues to ruin my life.

  3. Jesse Shelley:

    Conformity is the ruin of the mind.

  4. Kimberly Johnson:

    Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

  5. Benjamin Franklin:

    Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

Images & Illustrations of ruin

  1. ruinruinruinruinruin

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for ruin

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for ruin »


Find a translation for the ruin definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these ruin definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"ruin." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 22 Feb. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/ruin>.

Are we missing a good definition for ruin? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for ruin:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.