- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹuːɪn/, /ˈɹʊɪ̯n/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɹuːɪn/, /ɹuːn/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -uːɪn
- Rhymes: -uːn
ruin (plural ruins)
- (countable, sometimes in the plural) The remains of a destroyed or dilapidated construction, such as a house or castle.
- The Veian and the Gabian towers shall fall, / And one promiscuous ruin cover all; / Nor, after length of years, a stone betray / The place where once the very ruins lay.
- The labour of a day will not build up a virtuous habit on the ruins of an old and vicious character.
- (uncountable) The state of being a ruin, destroyed or decayed.
- The monastery has fallen into ruin.
- (uncountable) Something that leads to serious trouble or destruction.
- Gambling has been the ruin of many.
- Francis Bacon
- The errors of young men are the ruin of business.
- (obsolete) A fall or tumble.
- His ruin startled the other steeds.
- A change that destroys or defeats something; destruction; overthrow.
- the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes
- Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!
remains of destroyed construction
the state of being a ruin, destroyed or decayed
something which leads to serious troubles
- (transitive) to cause the ruin of.
- To destroy or make something no longer usable.
- He ruined his new white slacks by accidentally spilling oil on them.
- By the fireside there are old men seated, / Seeling ruined cities in the ashes.
- To upset or mess up the plans or progress of, or to put into disarray; to spoil.
- My car breaking down just as I was on the road ruined my vacation.
to cause the ruin of
- ruin in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- ruin in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- ruin at OneLook Dictionary Search
ruin m, f (plural ruines)
- a ruin (remains of a building)
- ruin (financial bankruptcy)
Declension of ruin