(noun, verb)


1. an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction

- you have brought ruin on this entire family

Similar word(s): ruination

Definition categories: state, desolation, devastation

2. a ruined building

- they explored several Roman ruins

Definition categories: man–made, building, edifice

3. the process of becoming dilapidated

Similar word(s): dilapidation

Definition categories: process, decay

4. an event that results in destruction

Similar word(s): ruination

Definition categories: event, demolition, destruction, wipeout

5. failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

Similar word(s): downfall, ruination

Definition categories: event, failure

6. destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

Similar word(s): ruination, ruining, wrecking

Definition categories: act, destruction, devastation

Sentences with ruin as a noun:

- The monastery has fallen into ruin.

- Gambling has been the ruin of many.

- the ruin of a ship or an army;  the ruin of a constitution or a government;  the ruin of health or hopes


1. destroy completely; damage irreparably

- You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!

- The tears ruined her make-up

Similar word(s): destroy

Definition categories: contact

2. destroy or cause to fail

- This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election

Definition categories: social, baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, scotch, spoil, thwart

3. reduce to bankruptcy

Similar word(s): bankrupt, break, smash

Definition categories: possession, impoverish

4. reduce to ruins

- The country lay ruined after the war

Definition categories: contact, desolate, devastate, ravage, scourge, waste

5. deprive of virginity

Similar word(s): deflower

Definition categories: contact, copulate, couple, mate, pair

6. fall into ruin

Definition categories: change, crumble, decay, dilapidate

Sentences with ruin as a verb:

- He ruined his new white slacks by accidentally spilling oil on them.

- My car breaking down just as I was on the road ruined my vacation.