ruinate

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Etymology[edit]

From the participle stem of Latin ruino.

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ruinate (third-person singular simple present ruinates, present participle ruinating, simple past and past participle ruinated)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To reduce to ruins; to destroy.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.viii:
      Towres, Cities, Kingdomes ye would ruinate, / In your auengement and dispiteous rage […].
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.51:
      [] as in lust, [animals] covet carnal copulation at set times, men always, ruinating thereby the health of their bodies.
  2. (intransitive) To fall; to tumble.

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