1 destroyed or decayed building or town
2 the state or condition of being destroyed or decayed
3 loss of wealth, position, etc., or something that causes such loss; downfall
4 something that is severely damaged
his life was a ruin
5 a person who has suffered a downfall, bankruptcy, etc.
6 loss of value or usefulness
7 Archaic loss of her virginity by a woman outside marriage
8 tr to bring to ruin; destroy
9 tr to injure or spoil
the town has been ruined with tower blocks
Archaic or poetic to fall into ruins; collapse
(C14: from Old French ruine, from Latin ruina a falling down, from ruere to fall violently)
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