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destruction

noun abolition, annihilation, breakkng down, collapse, consumption, decimation, demolishment, demolition, devastation, eradication, extinction, extirpation, nullification, obliteration, perdition, ruin, ruination, tearing down, undoing
Associated concepts: destruction of business, destruction of records, total destruction, willful destruction
Foreign phrases: Res periit domino.A thing which has been destroyed is lost to its owner.
See also: abatement, abolition, assassination, calamity, catastrophe, consumption, damage, debacle, defacement, defeat, deterioration, detriment, dispatch, dissolution, fatality, havoc, killing, misfortune, mortality, murder, pillage, prostration, rescision, shambles, spoliation, subversion, termination
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When we gave way, they pursued us with the utmost eagerness, and in every quarter spread destruction.
Then he went tearing around the house again spreading chaos and destruction in his path.
I had not, it seems, the originality to chalk out a new road to shame and destruction, but trode the old track with stupid exactness not to deviate an inch from the beaten centre.
They left the village and walked to the ruins of a convent near at hand -- the last relic of the once populous city of Dunwich which has survived the destruction of the place, centuries since, by the all-devouring sea.
Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversaries, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace; before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.
Suppose an article had been introduced into the Constitution, empowering the United States to regulate the elections for the particular States, would any man have hesitated to condemn it, both as an unwarrantable transposition of power, and as a premeditated engine for the destruction of the State governments?
There was no little cunning in this proposal, which indeed emanated not from any Isosceles -- for no being so degraded would have had angularity enough to appreciate, much less to devise, such a model of state-craft -- but from an Irregular Circle who, instead of being destroyed in his childhood, was reserved by a foolish indulgence to bring desolation on his country and destruction on myriads of his followers.
With one swing of his mighty longsword he laid a dozen corpses at his feet, and so he hewed a pathway before him until in another moment he stood upon the platform beside me, dealing death and destruction right and left.
And think what destruction such a mass would cause, if hurled with the speed of an express train against the hull of a vessel.
That pall of cindery powder made me think of what I had read of the destruction of Pompeii.
But why has he such a passionate love for destruction and chaos also?
There are six sorts of movement: generation, destruction, increase, diminution, alteration, and change of place.