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UN 2UR 2

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Definitions and meaning of ruin



From Middle English ruyne, ruine, from Old French ruine, from Latin ruīna (overthrow, ruin), from ruō (I fall down, tumble, sink in ruin, rush).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹuː.ɪn/
  • Rhymes: -uːɪn


ruin (countable and uncountable, plural ruins)

  1. (countable, sometimes in the plural) The remains of a destroyed or dilapidated construction, such as a house or castle.
    • 1705 (revised 1718), Joseph Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy
      The Veian and the Gabian towirs shall fall, / And one promiscuous ruin cover all; / Nor, after length of years, a stone betray / The place where once the very ruins lay.
    • (Can we date this quote by Joseph Stevens Buckminster and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The labour of a day will not build up a virtuous habit on the ruins of an old and vicious character.
  2. (uncountable) The state of being a ruin, destroyed or decayed.
  3. (uncountable) Something that leads to serious trouble or destruction.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Youth and Age
      The errors of young men are the ruin of business.
    • The Bat—they called him the Bat. []. He [] played a lone hand, []. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
  4. (obsolete) A fall or tumble.
    • 1611, George Chapman, The Iliad
      His ruin startled th' other steeds.
  5. A change that destroys or defeats something; destruction; overthrow.
    • 1768, Thomas Gray, The Bard
      Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!
  6. (uncountable) Complete financial loss; bankruptcy.



ruin (third-person singular simple present ruins, present participle ruining, simple past and past participle ruined)

  1. (transitive) To cause the fiscal ruin of.
    With all these purchases, you surely mean to ruin us!
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      In one way, indeed, he bade fair to ruin us; for he kept on staying week after week, and at last month after month, so that all the money had been long exhausted...
  2. To destroy or make something no longer usable.
    He ruined his new white slacks by accidentally spilling oil on them.
    • 1857, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Golden Mile-Stone
      By the fireside there are old men seated, / Seeing ruined cities in the ashes.
  3. To cause severe financial loss to; to bankrupt or drive out of business.
    The crooked stockbroker's fraudulent scheme ruined dozens of victims; some investors lost their life savings and even their houses.
  4. To upset or overturn the plans or progress of, or to have a disastrous effect on something.
    My car breaking down just as I was on the road ruined my vacation.
  5. To make something less enjoyable or likeable.
    I used to love that song, but being assaulted when that song was playing ruined the song for me.
  6. To reveal the ending of (a story); to spoil.
  7. (obsolete) To fall into a state of decay.
    • 1636, George Sandys, Paraphrase upon the Psalmes and upon the Hymnes dispersed throughout the Old and New Testaments
      Though he his house of polisht marble build, / Yet shall it ruine like the Moth's fraile cell
  8. (transitive, historical) To seduce or debauch, and thus harm the social standing of.
    The young libertine was notorious for ruining local girls.


  • destroy
  • fordo
  • ruinate
  • wreck


  • build
  • construct
  • found
  • produce

Related terms

  • ruination
  • ruinable
  • ruiner
  • ruinous
  • ruint


Further reading

  • ruin in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • ruin in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
  • ruin at OneLook Dictionary Search



ruin m sg (feminine singular ruina, neuter singular ruino, masculine plural ruinos, feminine plural ruines)

  1. weedy



From Middle Dutch ruun. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.


  • IPA(key): /rœy̯n/
  • Hyphenation: ruin
  • Rhymes: -œy̯n


ruin m (plural ruinen, diminutive ruintje n)

  1. gelding

See also

  • hengst

Norwegian Bokmål


From Latin ruina


ruin m (definite singular ruinen, indefinite plural ruiner, definite plural ruinene)

  1. ruin (often in plural form when referring to buildings)


  • “ruin” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk


From Latin ruina


ruin m (definite singular ruinen, indefinite plural ruinar, definite plural ruinane)

  1. ruin (often in plural form when referring to buildings)


  • “ruin” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.



From an earlier *ruino, from ruina, or from a Vulgar Latin root *ruīnus, ultimately from Latin ruīna. Compare Portuguese ruim, Catalan roí.


  • IPA(key): /ˈrwin/, [ˈrwĩn]


ruin (plural ruines)

  1. contemptible, mean, heartless
    Synonyms: vil, despreciable
  2. mean, stingy
    Synonyms: avaro, mezquino, tacaño
  3. wild; unruly
  4. rachitic



ruin c

  1. a ruin (remains of a building)
  2. ruin (financial bankruptcy)


Related terms

  • ruinera


  • urin

  • RUGRAT, (colloquial) a young child.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)