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Synonyms for destructive
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. destructive(adj)

    causing destruction or much damage

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

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


  1. destructive(adjective)

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

    constructive, nondestructive, productive

  2. destructive(adjective)

    Causing destruction; damaging.

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

    productive, constructive, nondestructive

  3. destructive(adjective)

    Causing break down or disassembly.

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

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

    constructive, nondestructive, productive

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

Editors Contribution

  1. devasting

    Submitted by anonymous on December 16, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. destructive(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. destructive(a)

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

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  1. Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty:

    The study of her remains shows the typical destructive damage provoked by the extension of a breast cancer as a metastasis.

  2. David Koch:

    Make big political contributions, this destructive cycle goes on and on.

  3. Josh Earnest:

    There is evidence to indicate that we have seen destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor, and it is being treated by those investigative agencies both at the The FBI and the Department of Justice as seriously as you would expect.

  4. Bani Rushaid:

    The leadership of the UAE is playing the role of American policeman in the area and performs the dirtiest roles to help the Zionist project and is behind all destructive acts against the Muslim and Arab nations' aspirations.

  5. Thomas Jefferson (The Declaration of Independence):

    Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...

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