Meaning of “destruction” in the English Dictionary

"destruction" in British English

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destructionnoun [ U ]

uk /dɪˈstrʌk.ʃən/ us /dɪˈstrʌk.ʃən/

B2 the act of destroying something, or the fact of being destroyed:

Many people are very concerned about the destruction of the rainforests.
Unusually high winds left a trail of destruction over the area.
weapons of mass destruction (= those which kill or hurt large numbers of people)

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  • The destruction of the rain forests is an ecological disaster.
  • The police arrived to find a scene of horrifying destruction.
  • 30 years after the fire he is still haunted by images of death and destruction.
  • The army left a trail of destruction behind them.
  • This century has witnessed environmental destruction on an unprecedented scale.

(Definition of “destruction” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"destruction" in American English

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destructionnoun [ U ]

us /dɪˈstrʌk·ʃən/

the action of destroying something, or the state of being destroyed:

Unusually high winds left widespread destruction over the area.
destructive
adjective us /dɪˈstrʌk·tɪv/

The child needs help to control his destructive behavior.

(Definition of “destruction” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)