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The act of bringing something to ruin
“The breaking of the sod, the clearing of brush and timber, and the destroying of forests by fire and lumbering have permitted rapid erosion.”
Capable of, or intending to, murder or cause death
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Causing severe damage or devastation, often by forcefully striking or hitting repeatedly
Harmful, often in a subtle or unexpected way
Present participle for to cause significant damage or destruction to
“The flood and strong winds would completely destroy the building.”
Present participle for to ruin or put an end to something
“Though professed, he was not a priest when the persecutor strove to destroy his hopes of religious life.”
Present participle for to severely disrupt the well-being or condition of
“According to activists, emissions from nearby factories will slowly destroy the environment.”
Present participle for to put an end to
“Cersei was determined to destroy Margaery for being the younger, better version of her in every way.”
Present participle for to defeat soundly
“The team of professional players would destroy their amateur opponents in a one-sided, and rather pointless, game.”
Present participle for to take the life of
“Farmers were forced to destroy their cattle following an outbreak of the deadly disease.”
(of plans made) Present participle for to prevent or sabotage
“The horrible weather would destroy our plans for a weekend by the beach.”
Present participle for to overwhelm the composure of
“The constant criticisms failed to destroy him due to his thick skin.”
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