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Noun: ruin  roo-in or roo-un
  1. An irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction
    "you have brought ruin on this entire family";
    - ruination
     
  2. A ruined building
    "they explored several Roman ruins"
     
  3. The process of becoming dilapidated
    - dilapidation
     
  4. An event that results in destruction
    - ruination
     
  5. Failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
    - downfall, ruination
     
  6. Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
    - laying waste, ruining, ruination, wrecking
Verb: ruin  roo-in or roo-un
  1. Damage beyond use or repair
    "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up";
    - destroy, spiflicate, spifflicate
     
  2. Destroy or cause to fail
    "This behaviour will ruin your chances of winning the election"
     
  3. Reduce to bankruptcy
    "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to ruin me!";
    - bankrupt, break, smash
     
  4. Reduce to ruins
    "The country lay ruined after the war"
     
  5. Deprive of virginity
    "This dirty old man ruined several young girls in the village";
    - deflower
     
  6. Fall into ruin

Derived forms: ruining, ruins, ruined

Type of: baffle, bilk, building, copulate, couple, cross, crumble, decay, demolition, desolate, desolation, destruction, devastate, devastation, dilapidate, edifice, failure, foil, frustrate, impoverish, lay waste, lay waste to, mate, pair, queer, ravage, scotch, scourge, spoil, thwart, waste, wipeout

Encyclopedia: Ruin, Iran