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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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Thus, there seems to be little doubt that the stock of partridges, grouse, and hares on any large estate depends chiefly on the destruction of vermin.
But this is a very false view: we forget that each species, even where it most abounds, is constantly suffering enormous destruction at some period of its life, from enemies or from competitors for the same place and food; and if these enemies or competitors be in the least degree favoured by any slight change of climate, they will increase in numbers, and, as each area is already fully stocked with inhabitants, the other species will decrease.
That climate acts in main part indirectly by favouring other species, we may clearly see in the prodigious number of plants in our gardens which can perfectly well endure our climate, but which never become naturalised, for they cannot compete with our native plants, nor resist destruction by our native animals.
What of the hard times and the consequent vast army of the unemployed; what of the destruction of the farmers and the middle class; and what of the decisive defeat administered all along the line to the labor unions; the socialists were really justified in believing that the end of capitalism had come and in themselves throwing down the gauntlet to the Plutocracy.
It was the very thing the Oligarchy had played for--the destruction of its great rival in the world- market.
It is true, Bannerman was in Vallejo, on secret government business, at the time of the destruction of Mare Island; and it is true that on the streets of Vallejo Emil Gluck was pointed out to him as a queer crank; but no impression was made at the time.
Where was Gluck at the time of the destruction along the Atlantic sea-board?
As he said, had he dreamed that he was ever to be discovered he would have worked more rapidly and accomplished a thousand times the destruction he did.
Whatever destruction was done, the hand of the destroyer was stayed.
Such German airships as escaped destruction in battle descended and surrendered to the Americans, and were re-manned, and in the end it became a series of pitiless and heroic encounters between the Americans, savagely resolved to exterminate their enemies, and a continually reinforced army of invasion from Asia quartered upon the Pacific slope and supported by an immense fleet.
After the destruction of central New York all America had risen like one man, resolved to die a thousand deaths rather than submit to Germany.
One Asiatic either rammed or collided with a still more gigantic German, and the two went spinning to destruction together.

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