Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French ruine, from Latin ruīna.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈriu̯in(ə)/, /ˈriu̯iːn(ə)/

NounEdit

ruyne (uncountable)

  1. Decline, decay, deterioration; loss of greatness.
  2. Lack of repair or upkeep; the state of being in disrepair.
  3. Lack of wealth or power; the state of being unfortunate.
  4. Decay or decline in morality or values; falling into vice.
  5. The total destroying or ruination of a settlement or structure.
  6. (rare) Something which devastates or ruins.
  7. (rare) The remnants or ruins of a destroyed thing or place.
  8. (rare) The act of knocking over a tall structure.

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • English: ruin
  • Scots: ruin

ReferencesEdit


Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Old French, from Latin ruina

NounEdit

ruyne f (plural ruynes)

  1. ruin; wreck
  2. (state of) ruin
    • 1534, François Rabelais, Gargantua:
      ie ne voy poinct comment ce ne soit a nostre ruyne totale.
      I don't see how this won't lead to our total ruin.

DescendantsEdit