1 demolition, razing, wrecking, ruin, ruining, ruination, breaking up or down, mayhem, havoc, annihilation, devastation, tearing or knocking down, laying waste, ravagement; rack and ruin, Colloq wiping out:
The destruction of the city took place in 1942.
2 slaughter, annihilation, killing, eradication, murder, extermination, holocaust, liquidation, massacre, extinction, genocide, assassination, slaying, putting to death, putting an end to, making an end of, doing away with, putting away, Colloq doing in, wiping out; Slang US rubbing out, rub-out:
They were bent on the destruction of an entire people.
3 undoing, end, ruin, ruination, downfall, termination, breakup, breakdown, collapse:
The imprisonment of the bosses spelt the destruction of the entire crime network.
complete, total, wholesale | large-scale, mass, massive, widespread
modern weapons of mass destruction
| rapid | systematic | wanton
the wanton destruction of public property
| environmental, forest, habitat
the environmental destruction caused by road building
VERB + DESTRUCTION
bring (about), cause, lead to, result in, wreak
(formal) the destruction brought about by war He gasped as he saw how much destruction she had wrought with the hammer.
Some shopkeepers closed early to prevent the wholesale destruction of their property by the hooligans.
leave a trail of destruction
The tornado left a trail of destruction behind it.
| the seeds of destruction
By doubling its prices, the industry sowed the seeds of its own destruction.
| test sth to destruction
Children will quickly test their toys to destruction.
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