From the participle stem of Latin ruino.
ruinate (third-person singular simple present ruinates, present participle ruinating, simple past and past participle ruinated)
- (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:, 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.
- (intransitive) To fall; to tumble.