destruction

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/dɪˈstrʌkʃən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/dɪˈstrʌkʃən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(di strukshən)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•struc•tion /dɪˈstrʌkʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the act of destroying or the condition of being destroyed:The fire caused the destruction of two famous landmarks in the area.
de•struc•tive, adj.: the destructive power of one nuclear bomb.
de•struc•tive•ly, adv. 
de•struc•tive•ness, n. [uncountable]See -stru-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•struc•tion  (di strukshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of destroying:wanton destruction of a town.
  2. the condition of being destroyed;
    demolition;
    annihilation.
  3. a cause or means of destroying.
  • Latin dēstructiōn- (stem of dēstructiō), equivalent. to dēstruct(us) (past participle of dēstruere; see destroy) + -iōn- -ion
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English ( 1275–1325
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  ruin. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
destruction /dɪˈstrʌkʃən/ n
  1. the act of destroying or state of being destroyed; demolition
  2. a cause of ruin or means of destroying
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin dēstructiō a pulling down; see destroy
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Collocations: arrested for the destruction of property, recovering from the destruction of the war, are calculating the scale of the destruction, more...

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