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ruin

noun
 
 
/ˈruːɪn/
DESTRUCTION [U] the destruction of something: Fonthill Abbey fell into ruin 10 years after it was built.Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling
BROKEN BUILDING [C] B1 the broken parts that are left from an old building or town: Thousand of tourists wander around these ancient ruins every year.In bad condition
LOSING EVERYTHING [U] a situation in which someone has lost everything such as all their money or their job: The collapse of the bank has left many people in financial ruin.In bad condition
be/lie in ruins to be in a very bad state: The war left one million people dead and the country in ruins.Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling
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