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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dih-struhk-shuh n]
    • /dɪˈstrʌk ʃən/
    • /dɪˈstrʌkʃn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dih-struhk-shuh n]
    • /dɪˈstrʌk ʃən/

Definitions of destruction word

  • uncountable noun destruction Destruction is the act of destroying something, or the state of being destroyed. 5
  • noun destruction the act of destroying or state of being destroyed; demolition 4
  • noun destruction a cause of ruin or means of destroying 4
  • noun destruction the act or process of destroying; demolition or slaughter 3
  • noun destruction the fact or state of being destroyed 3
  • noun destruction the cause or means of destroying 3

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Origin of destruction

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dēstructiōn- (stem of dēstructiō), equivalent to dēstruct(us) (past participle of dēstruere; see destroy) + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Destruction


destruction popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for destruction

noun destruction

  • loss — detriment, disadvantage, or deprivation from failure to keep, have, or get: to bear the loss of a robbery.
  • murder — Law. the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder) and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder)
  • ruinruins, the remains of a building, city, etc., that has been destroyed or that is in disrepair or a state of decay: We visited the ruins of ancient Greece.
  • massacre — the unnecessary, indiscriminate killing of a large number of human beings or animals, as in barbarous warfare or persecution or for revenge or plunder.
  • slaughterFrank, 1908–2001, U.S. novelist and physician.

Antonyms for destruction

noun destruction

  • building — A building is a structure that has a roof and walls, for example a house or a factory.
  • improvement — an act of improving or the state of being improved.
  • reparation — the making of amends for wrong or injury done: reparation for an injustice.
  • creation — In many religions, creation is the making of the universe, Earth, and creatures by God.
  • construction — Construction is the building of things such as houses, factories, roads, and bridges.

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