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destroy

verb

1 destroy

Do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of:
— The fire destroyed the house.

synonym: destruct.

Roget 681: not do, not act, not attempt; be inactive etc. 683; abstain from doing, do nothing, hold, spare; not stir, not move, not lift a finger, not lift a foot, ... show more

Roget 649: be hurtful etc. adj.; cause evil, produce evil, inflict evil, work evil, do evil etc. 619; damnify, endamage, hurt, ... show more

Roget 2: not exist etc. 1; have no existence etc. 1; be null and void; cease to exist etc. 1; pass away, perish; be extinct, become extinct ... show more

Roget 756: abrogate, annul, cancel; destroy etc. 162; abolish; revoke, repeal, rescind, reverse, retract, recall; abolitionize; ... show more

Dutch: slopen, vernietigen, verwoesten



2 destroy

Destroy completely; damage irreparably.

synonym: ruin.

Roget 162: be destroyed &c.; perish; fall to the ground; tumble, topple; go to pieces, fall to pieces; break up; crumble to dust; go to the dogs, go to the wall, go to smash, go to shivers, ... show more

Dutch: afbreken, slopen, vernielen, verwoesten, vernietigen

3 destroy

Defeat soundly and humiliatingly.

synonym: demolish.

4 destroy

Put (an animal) to death:
— The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid.

synonym: put down.


adjective

Roget 659: unimproved etc. (improve) etc. 658; deteriorated etc. v.; altered, altered for the worse; injured etc. v.; ... show more

Moby thesaurus: abolish, abuse, afflict, aggrieve, annihilate, annul, assault, atomize, attack, baffle, balk, barbarize, batter, beat, beat all hollow, beat hollow, befoul, bereave of life, best, bewitch ... show more.

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