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ruin

noun     /ˈruː.ɪn/
[U] the process or state of being spoiled or destroyed : The car accident meant the ruin of all her hopes . They let the palace fall into ruin.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing C2 [U] a situation in which a person or company has lost all their money or their reputation : Many companies are on the edge / brink / verge of ruin. Alcohol was my ruin (= the thing that spoiled my life )Poverty and poorHumiliating and degrading B1 [C] the broken parts that are left from an old building or town : We visited a Roman ruin. the ruins of the ancient city of CarthageThings remaining be/lie in ruins (of a building or city ) to be extremely badly damaged so that most of it has fallen down: The town lay in ruins after years of bombing .In bad condition C1 to be in an extremely bad state : The economy was in ruins after the war .In bad condition
(Definition of ruin noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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