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Synonyms for destroy
dɪˈstrɔɪde·stroy

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  1. destroyverb

    Synonyms:
    ruin, annihilate, waste, demolish, kill

    Antonyms:
    repair, make, restore

  2. destroyverb

    To cause destruction.

    Hooligans destroy unprovoked

    Synonyms:
    annihilate, kill, waste, ruin, demolish

    Antonyms:
    restore, repair, make

  3. destroyverb

    To neutralize, undo a property or condition.

    Smoking destroys the natural subtlety of the palate

    Synonyms:
    ruin, waste, annihilate, demolish, kill

    Antonyms:
    restore, repair, make

  4. destroyverb

    To put down or euthanize.

    Destroying a rabid dog is required by law.

    Synonyms:
    kill, waste, ruin, demolish, annihilate

    Antonyms:
    make, repair, restore

  5. destroyverb

    To defeat soundly.

    Synonyms:
    demolish, annihilate, waste, kill, ruin

    Antonyms:
    restore, make, repair

  6. destroyverb

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. destroy, destructverb

    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

    "The fire destroyed the house"

    Synonyms:
    demolish, ruin, put down, destruct

  2. destroy, ruinverb

    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, destroyverb

    defeat soundly

    "The home team demolished the visitors"

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

  4. destroy, put downverb

    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

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Editors Contribution

  1. deallocationnoun

    delete

    Submitted by Src.shreyan on April 14, 2022  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. destroyverb

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

    Antonyms:
    conserve, preserve, perpetuate, spare

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#228927extirpate
#284974deflower

How to use destroy in a sentence?

  1. F. M. Young:

    It isn't the incompetent who destroys an organization. The incompetent never gets in a position to destroy it. It is those who have achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up.

  2. State John Kerry:

    There's a great deal of energy and effort being put into this and I am confident that over time, we will beat, we will, indeed, degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, yes.

  3. Zaman Ali:

    No one should need to be big enough to destroy others and all of us must have to be powerful and resourceful enough to protect ourselves.

  4. Dan Bongino:

    This month, millions of Americas traveled to Florida in search of warm weather, beautiful beaches and, most importantly freedoms, meanwhile, liberal governors in other states are increasing lockdown measures and destroy small businesses in an idiotic attempt to battle the pandemic. They call it following the science.

  5. The NCRI:

    Any delay in doing so will enable the Iranian regime to destroy the evidence as it has done in the past.


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