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From the participle stem of Latin ruino.



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, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , 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.