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Synonyms for destructive
dɪˈstrʌk tɪvde·struc·tive

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  1. destructiveadjective

    wreckful, eradicative, pernicious, ruinous, catastrophic, harmful, devastate, wrackful, calamitous, disastrous

    nondestructive, constructive, productive

  2. destructiveadjective

    Causing destruction; damaging.

    harmful, catastrophic, disastrous, eradicative, ruinous, devastate, pernicious, wrackful, calamitous, wreckful

    nondestructive, constructive, productive

  3. destructiveadjective

    Causing break down or disassembly.

    Catabolism is a destructive metabolism which involves the break down of molecules and release of energy.

    harmful, wreckful, eradicative, catastrophic, ruinous, disastrous, calamitous, pernicious, wrackful, devastate

    productive, nondestructive, constructive

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. destructive

    Pernicious (Latin per, through, and neco, kill) signifies having the power of destroying or injuring, tending to hurt or kill. Pernicious is stronger than injurious; that which is injurious is capable of doing harm; that which is pernicious is likely to be destructive. Noxious (Latin noceo, hurt) is a stronger word than noisome, as referring to that which is injurious or destructive. Noisome now always denotes that which is extremely disagreeable or disgusting, especially to the sense of smell; as, the noisome stench proclaimed the presence of noxious gases.

    bad, baneful, deadly, deleterious, detrimental, evil, foul, harmful, hurtful, injurious, insalubrious, mischievous, noisome, noxious, pernicious, perverting, pestiferous, pestilential, poisonous, ruinous, unhealthful, unwholesome

    advantageous, beneficent, beneficial, favorable, good, healthful, helpful, invigorating, life-giving, profitable, rejuvenating, salutary, serviceable, useful, wholesome

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. destructive

    detrimental, hurtful, noxious, injurious, deleterious, baleful, baneful, ruinous, subversive

    wholesome, conservative, preservative, beneficial, reparatory, subsidiary, restorative

Princeton's WordNet

  1. destructiveadjective

    causing destruction or much damage

    "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"

    formative, inferential, rehabilitative, constructive, reconstructive, creative, shaping, plastic, structural

Editors Contribution

  1. devasting

    Submitted by anonymous on December 16, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. destructiveadjective

    ruinous, pernicious, deleterious, baleful, mischievous, fatal, deadly

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. destructiveadjective

    ruinous, iconoclastic, vandal, vandalic, internecine, deleterious, pernicious, annihilative

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  1. Isaac Sanchez:

    I wish there was one item that we could point to and say, here it is, if we could just fix this one thing, everything would be better. But it's a combination of things, primarily, what we are seeing is the increased window in which a destructive wildfire will burn. It's starting earlier in the year and lasting deeper into the year.

  2. Ted Wheeler:

    With strategic planning and oversight, the Portland Police Bureau and I mitigated confrontation between the two events and minimized the impact of the weekend’s events to Portlanders, in the past, these same groups have clashed with extremely violent and destructive results. This time, violence was contained to the groups of people who chose to engage in violence toward each other. The community at large was not harmed and the broader public was protected. Property damage was minimal.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Real and true leader neither has a special status nor contradict others. If he keeps the distance in any way or shape If, he says things that don't exist If, he brings you in a destructive direction If he what promises, but do not keep his words If he put you naked in the sky, and himself in a comfortable tent If, he gives you, the false hopes rather than the practical helping He is just an opportunist, a cheater, and a liar, but not a leader.

  4. Deborah Lyons:

    The war in Afghanistan has entered a new, deadlier, and more destructive phase, the provincial capitals of Kandahar, Herat, and Lashkar Gahin particular havecome under significant pressure. This is a clear attempt by the Taliban to seize urban centers with the force of arms.

  5. Jean Su:

    We're disappointed that The Supreme Court won't consider the President Donald Trump administration's flagrant abuse of the law to fast-track border wall construction, the Trump administration has made a mockery of the Constitution to build an enormously destructive wall. We'll continue to fight these illegal waivers and do everything possible to prevent further damage to the beautiful borderlands.

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