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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of ruining or the condition of being ruined.
  • n. A cause of ruin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being ruined, a state of devastation or destruction.
  • n. The act of ruining or wrecking.
  • n. The cause of being ruined, destroyed or lost.
  • n. A loss of reputation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of ruining, or the state of being ruined.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of ruinating, or the state of being ruinated; ruin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
  • n. an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction
  • n. failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
  • n. an event that results in destruction

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