1. The remains of a destroyed or dilapidated construction, such as a house or castle.
  2. The state of being a ruin, destroyed or decayed.
  3. Something that leads to serious trouble or destruction.
  4. A fall or tumble.
  5. A change that destroys or defeats something; destruction; overthrow.
    the ruin of a ship or an army; the ruin of a constitution or a government; the ruin of health or hopes


  1. to cause the ruin of.
  2. To destroy or make something no longer usable.
    He ruined his new white slacks by accidentally spilling oil on them.
  3. To upset or mess up the plans or progress of, or to put into disarray; to spoil.
    My car breaking down just as I was on the road ruined my vacation.

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