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Synonyms for destroy
dɪˈstrɔɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. destroy, destruct(verb)

    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

    "The fire destroyed the house"

    Synonyms:
    demolish, ruin, put down, destruct

  2. destroy, ruin(verb)

    destroy completely; damage irreparably

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

    Synonyms:
    demolish, destruct, bankrupt, ruin, smash, deflower, break, put down

  3. demolish, destroy(verb)

    defeat soundly

    "The home team demolished the visitors"

    Synonyms:
    put down, demolish, destruct, crush, ruin, pulverise, smash, pulverize

  4. destroy, put down(verb)

    put (an animal) to death

    "The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid"; "the sick cat had to be put down"

    Synonyms:
    bring down, enter, ruin, disgrace, record, put down, degrade, discharge, lay, drop, unload, repose, set down, land, take down, demolish, demean, drop off, get down, destruct, place down, write down

Wiktionary

  1. destroy(verb)

    Synonyms:
    ruin, annihilate, waste, demolish, kill

    Antonyms:
    restore, repair, make

  2. destroy(verb)

    To cause destruction.

    Hooligans destroy unprovoked

    Synonyms:
    annihilate, demolish, ruin, waste, kill

    Antonyms:
    make, repair, restore

  3. destroy(verb)

    To neutralize, undo a property or condition.

    Smoking destroys the natural subtlety of the palate

    Synonyms:
    annihilate, demolish, kill, waste, ruin

    Antonyms:
    restore, make, repair

  4. destroy(verb)

    To put down or euthanize.

    Destroying a rabid dog is required by law.

    Synonyms:
    ruin, demolish, annihilate, waste, kill

    Antonyms:
    make, repair, restore

  5. destroy(verb)

    To defeat soundly.

    Synonyms:
    ruin, kill, waste, annihilate, demolish

    Antonyms:
    repair, make, restore

  6. destroy(verb)

    To remove data.

    The memory leak happened because we forgot to destroy the temporary lists.

    Synonyms:
    annihilate, waste, demolish, ruin, kill

    Antonyms:
    repair, restore, make

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. destroy

    Abolish, to do away with, bring absolutely to an end, especially as something hostile, hindering, or harmful, was formerly used of persons and material objects, a usage now obsolete except in poetry or highly figurative speech. Abolish is now used of institutions, customs, and conditions, especially those wide-spread and long existing; as, to abolish slavery, ignorance, intemperance, poverty. A building that is burned to the ground is said to be destroyed by fire. Annihilate, as a philosophical term, signifies to put absolutely out of existence. As far as our knowledge goes, matter is never annihilated, but only changes its form. Some believe that the wicked will be annihilated. Abolish is not said of laws. There we use repeal, abrogate, nullify, etc.: repeal by the enacting body, nullify by revolutionary proceedings; a later statute abrogates, without formally repealing, any earlier law with which it conflicts. An appellate court may reverse or set aside the decision of an inferior court. Overthrow may be used in either a good or a bad sense; suppress is commonly in a good, subvert always in a bad sense; as, to subvert our liberties; to suppress a rebellion. The law prohibits what may never have existed; it abolishes an existing evil. We abate a nuisance, terminate a controversy. Compare CANCEL; DEMOLISH; EXTERMINATE.

    Synonyms:
    abate, abolish, abrogate, annihilate, annul, end, end, eradicate, exterminate, extirpate, nullify, obliterate, overthrow, prohibit, remove, repeal, reverse, revoke, set aside, stamp out, subvert, supplant, suppress, terminate

    Antonyms:
    authorize, cherish, confirm, continue, enact, establish, institute, introduce, legalize, promote, reinstate, renew, repair, restore, revive, set up, support, sustain

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. destroy

    Synonyms:
    demolish, annihilate, subvert, ruin, overthrow, undo, waste, consume

    Antonyms:
    restore, reinstate, repair, fabricate, make, construct, create

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. destroy(v)

    Synonyms:
    annihilate, undo, demolish, raze, desolate, devour, sack, dismantle, eradicate, exterminate, ruin

    Antonyms:
    conserve, preserve, perpetuate, spare

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "destroy":

    destroying, destruction, destroyed, ruin, destroys, demolish, annihilate, devastate, obliterate, wreck, crush, undermine, spoil, dismantle

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How to use destroy in a sentence?

  1. Francesco Starace:

    While we are visiting these homes, the same people that will shut the power off and take the old meter out ... can also put in fibre optic cables into the pipe going out to our cabin, what we are proposing is to give the opportunity to ... use our pipelines, do not destroy walls, do not break everything, just use that. This will reduce the cost of fibre cable laying by a factor of five.

  2. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    I plan to speak about an Iranian regime that is threatening to destroy Israel, that's devouring country after country in the Middle East, that's exporting terror throughout the world and that is developing, as we speak, the capacity to make nuclear weapons, lots of them.

  3. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    People want to know there is a whole plan for the future of Syria and the future of the region because it is perfectly right to say that a few extra bombs and missiles won't transform the situation, the faster we can degrade and destroy ISIL the safer we will be, but we will only be safe in the longer term if we can replace that ungoverned space ... with a proper Syrian government.

  4. Janice Dean:

    The strongest ones can destroy large buildings, lift trees, and toss cars and trucks around like toys.

  5. Attorney General Bill Barr:

    The campaign to destroy the traditional moral order has coincided and I believe has brought with it immense suffering and misery. And yet the forces of secularism, ignoring these tragic results, press on with even greater militancy.


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