AskDefine | Define destruction

Dictionary Definition



1 termination by an act of destruction [syn: devastation]
2 an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something [syn: demolition, wipeout]
3 a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end" [syn: end, death]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of destroying.
    The destruction of the condemned building will take place at noon.
  2. The results of a destructive event.
    Amid the seemingly endless destruction, a single flower bloomed.


The act of destroying
The results of a destructive event
  • Italian: distruzione

Extensive Definition

Destruction is the act of damaging something beyond use or repair. It may also refer to:
destruction in French: Destruction
destruction in Portuguese: Destruição
destruction in Simple English: Destruction (disambiguation)
Destruction an object or emotion is changed in a negative way. "Obliteration", "Disruption", "Deconfiguration".

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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