do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
"The fire destroyed the house"
destroy completely; damage irreparably
"You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
"The home team demolished the visitors"
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"
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
To cause destruction.
Hooligans destroy unprovoked
To neutralize, undo a property or condition.
Smoking destroys the natural subtlety of the palate
To put down or euthanize.
Destroying a rabid dog is required by law.
To defeat soundly.
To remove data.
The memory leak happened because we forgot to destroy the temporary lists.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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
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extirpate, eradicate, uproot, kill, slay, extinguish, carry off, root out, grub up, pluck up by the roots, cut up root and branch, strike at the root of, give a death blow to, scatter to the winds
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Let me make something clear to Trump and his hatchet men and the special interests funding his attacks against me, i'm not going anywhere. You're not going to destroy me. And you're not going to destroy my family. I don't care how much money you spend or how dirty the attacks get.
If we formalize (now) and they start putting up structures and it’s not constitutional, they will have to destroy those structures.
God gave us hands to create, not destroy his world.
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
We are attached to constitutional rights, but we've got people who through all means quite simply want to make a wreck of the republic, to break things and destroy, running the risk of getting people killed, i want us to very precisely analyze things and as quickly as possible take strong, complementary decisions so this doesn't happen again.
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