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Synonyms for ruin
ˈru ɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruin, ruination(noun)

    an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction

    "you have brought ruin on this entire family"

    Synonyms:
    ruination, downfall, ruining, wrecking, laying waste, dilapidation

  2. ruin(noun)

    a ruined building

    "they explored several Roman ruins"

    Synonyms:
    ruination, downfall, ruining, wrecking, laying waste, dilapidation

  3. dilapidation, ruin(noun)

    the process of becoming dilapidated

    Synonyms:
    decrepitude, ruining, ruination, wrecking, laying waste, dilapidation, downfall

  4. ruin, ruination(noun)

    an event that results in destruction

    Synonyms:
    ruination, downfall, ruining, wrecking, laying waste, dilapidation

  5. downfall, ruin, ruination(noun)

    failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

    Synonyms:
    fall, ruination, ruining, precipitation, wrecking, laying waste, dilapidation, downfall

  6. laying waste, ruin, ruining, ruination, wrecking(verb)

    destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

    Synonyms:
    razing, ruining, ruination, wrecking, laying waste, dilapidation, downfall

  7. 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, smash, deflower, break, destroy, put down

  8. ruin(verb)

    destroy or cause to fail

    "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"

    Synonyms:
    deflower, break, smash, bankrupt, destroy

  9. bankrupt, ruin, break, smash(verb)

    reduce to bankruptcy

    "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"

    Synonyms:
    crack, break away, give way, soften, reveal, develop, unwrap, conk out, part, collapse, die, smash up, transgress, founder, weaken, dash, discover, bang up, snap off, stop, go, demote, break out, separate, split, give away, destroy, damp, smash, deflower, offend, get out, fracture, relegate, bring out, violate, divulge, pause, let on, get around, interrupt, wear out, cave in, break-dance, crush, break up, check, give out, break in, give, split up, better, burst, go bad, boom, breach, break off, disclose, bust, erupt, recrudesce, break dance, go against, dampen, fall in, bump, let out, fall apart, kick downstairs, blast, nail, break down, infract, fail, come apart, bankrupt, expose, break, demolish, discontinue, intermit, wear

  10. ruin(verb)

    reduce to ruins

    "The country lay ruined after the war"

    Synonyms:
    deflower, break, smash, bankrupt, destroy

  11. deflower, ruin(verb)

    deprive of virginity

    "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"

    Synonyms:
    mar, impair, deflower, spoil, vitiate, bankrupt, smash, break, destroy

  12. ruin(verb)

    fall into ruin

    Synonyms:
    deflower, break, smash, bankrupt, destroy

Wiktionary

  1. ruin(verb)

    Synonyms:
    ruinate

  2. ruin(verb)

    to cause the ruin of.

    Synonyms:
    ruinate

  3. ruin(verb)

    To destroy or make something no longer be able to be for good use.

    He ruined his new white slacks by accidentally spilling oil on them.

    Synonyms:
    ruinate

  4. ruin(verb)

    To mess up the plans or progress of, or to put into disarray; to spoil.

    My car breaking down just as I was on the road ruined my vacation.

    Synonyms:
    ruinate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ruin

    Abuse covers all unreasonable or improper use or treatment by word or act. A tenant does not abuse rented property by "reasonable wear," though that may damage the property and injure its sale; he may abuse it by needless defacement or neglect. It is possible to abuse a man without harming him, as when the criminal vituperates the judge; or to harm a man without abusing him, as when the witness tells the truth about the criminal. Defame, malign, rail at, revile, slander, vilify, and vituperate are used always in a bad sense. One may be justly reproached. To impose on or to victimize one is to injure him by abusing his confidence. To persecute one is to ill-treat him for opinion's sake, commonly for religious belief; to oppress is generally for political or pecuniary motives. "Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy," Deut. xxiv, 14. Misemploy, misuse, and pervert are commonly applied to objects rather than to persons. A dissolute youth misemploys his time, misuses his money and opportunities, harms his associates, perverts his talents, wrongs his parents, ruins himself, abuses every good gift of God.

    Synonyms:
    abuse, aggrieve, damage, defame, defile, disparage, harm, ill-treat, ill-use, impose on, impose upon, injure, malign, maltreat, misemploy, misuse, molest, oppress, persecute, pervert, prostitute, rail at, ravish, reproach, revile, slander, victimize, vilify, violate, vituperate, wrong

    Antonyms:
    applaud, benefit, care for, cherish, conserve, consider, eulogize, extol, favor, laud, panegyrize, praise, protect, regard, respect, shield, sustain, tend, uphold, vindicate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ruin(n.)

    Synonyms:
    destruction, discomfiture, overthrow, defeat, wreck, shipwreck, perdition, fall, downfall, prostration, subversion, undoing

  2. ruin(n.)

    Synonyms:
    mischief, bane, pest

  3. ruin(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    destroy, demolish, overthrow, subvert, overturn, overwhelm

  4. ruin(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    impoverish, bring to want, reduce to poverty

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ruin(n)

    Synonyms:
    bane, pest, plague

  2. ruin(n)

    Synonyms:
    wreck, destruction, undoing, dilapidation, disorganization, perdition, ruination, subversion, shipwreck, downfall, havoc, demolition

  3. ruin(v)

    Synonyms:
    overthrow, subvert, destroy, wreck, ruinate, impoverish

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "ruin":

    spoil, ruins, destroy, ruination, wrack, striker, downfall, doom, ruined, collapse

How to pronounce ruin?

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British
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Australian
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Veena
Indian

How to say ruin in sign language?

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How to use ruin in a sentence?

  1. Raj Peter Bhakta:

    There was part of me that was petrified. These are rich and powerful people who threatened me with ruin. No rational person wouldn’t take that threat seriously. On the other hand, I thought about what I was fighting for, this is my farm, where I live with my two daughters and my pregnant wife. This is not just a business, this is not some piece of dirt, like a mall, some piece of real estate, this is my home. I have put my heart and soul into this. I have gotten our employees to buy into a long-term vision of creating the finest whiskey company in the world and I felt like I needed to fight for that, for this being the right thing for our society and civilization, as opposed to gangster capitalism.

  2. James R. Cook:

    Whenever you have something nice, someone will try to ruin it.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    With too much respect you will end up as a weakling. Keep everything balanced. Don't exaggerate anything, nor please others for your own ruin.

  4. Rebekah Warren:

    I just dont want this on camera for my future, it will ruin my career.

  5. Hunter Treschl:

    I can try to live my life the way I was and make an effort to do that even though I don't have an arm or I can kind of just let this be completely debilitating and bring my life down and ruin it.


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