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Dictionary definition for: Ruin

1. (n) an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; "you have brought ruin on this entire family"

2. (v) destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!" "The tears ruined her make-up"

3. (n) a ruined building; "they explored several Roman ruins"

4. (v) destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"

5. (n) the process of becoming dilapidated

6. (v) reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter''s fancy wedding is going to break me!" "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"

7. (n) an event that results in destruction

8. (v) reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war"

9. (n) failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

10. (v) deprive of virginity; "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"

11. (n) destruction achieved by wrecking something

12. (v) fall into ruin

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