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DESTRUCTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does destruction mean? 

DESTRUCTION (noun)
  The noun DESTRUCTION has 3 senses:

1. the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
2. an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
3. a final state

  Familiarity information: DESTRUCTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESTRUCTION (noun)


Sense 1destruction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

destruction; devastation

Hypernyms ("destruction" is a kind of...):

conclusion; ending; termination (the act of ending something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "destruction"):

disaster (an act that has disastrous consequences)

hooliganism; malicious mischief; vandalism (willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others)

spoliation ((law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence)

demolition (the act of demolishing)

holocaust (an act of great destruction and loss of life)

extermination; liquidation (the act of exterminating)

sabotage (a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged)

neutralisation; neutralization ((euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation))

self-destruction (the act of destroying yourself)

decimation (destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot))

annihilation; obliteration (destruction by annihilating something)

demolishing; leveling; razing; tearing down (complete destruction of a building)

laying waste; ruin; ruination; ruining; wrecking (destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined)

kill (the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile)


Sense 2destruction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

demolition; wipeout; destruction

Hypernyms ("destruction" is a kind of...):

conclusion; ending; finish (event whose occurrence ends something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "destruction"):

ruin; ruination (an event that results in destruction)

razing; wrecking (the event of a structure being completely demolished and leveled)

depredation; ravage ((usually plural) a destructive action)

eradication; obliteration (the complete destruction of every trace of something)

annihilation; disintegration (total destruction)

rack; wrack (the destruction or collapse of something)


Sense 3destruction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A final state

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

destruction; end; death

Context examples:

he came to a bad end / the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end

Hypernyms ("destruction" is a kind of...):

state (the way something is with respect to its main attributes)


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