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Definition of the noun ruination

What does ruination mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: ruinations

  1. an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of ruination: ruin
    • more generic words: desolation / devastation = the state of being decayed or destroyed
  2. an event that results in destruction
  3. failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of ruination: downfall / ruin
    • more generic word: failure = an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
    • more specific word: finish = the downfall of someone
  4. destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

Alternative definition of the noun ruination


  1. The state of being ruined, a state of devastation or destruction.
  2. The act of ruining or wrecking.
  3. The cause of being ruined, destroyed or lost.
  4. A loss of reputation.


Ruination is a musical group.

  • albums: "Rests of Beauty", "Visionary Breed", "Xura", "Drive to Live", "Beyond", "Year One"
  • official website:


  1. "Ruination" is the second studio album by American death metal band Job for a Cowboy. The follow-up to their first studio album Genesis, Ruination was recorded and mixed at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof. It was released July 7, 2009, through Metal Blade Records. The album sold around 10,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart. The first album to feature drummer Jon Rice and guitarist Al Glassman and the last to feature guitarist Bobby Thompson and bassist Brent Riggs.
  2. "RuiNation" is a musical album of Econochrist.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  3. "Ruination" is a musical EP of Abacinate.
    • released on (6 years ago)


Ruination is the name of three fictional characters from the Transformers series. The original Ruination is the combined form of the Decepticon Commandos in the Robot in Disguise story. The second Ruination is a single Decepticon in the live action movie franchise. The third Ruination is the combined form of five Autobot Wreckers.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ruination

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Google previewImperial Debris (2013)

On Ruins and Ruination by Ann Laura Stoler

By definition, ruination is an ambiguous term, being an act of ruining, a condition of being ruined, and a cause of it.

Google previewThe "Katrina Effect" (2015)

On the Nature of Catastrophe by William M. Taylor, Michael P. Levine, Oenone Rooksby, Joely-Kym Sobott

ruination. of. New. Orleans. The anthropologist Ann Laura Stoler explains, “ ruination is an act perpetrated, a condition to which one is subject, and a cause of loss. These three senses may overlap in effect, but they are not the same. Each has ...

Google previewBlack Women, Identity, and Cultural Theory (2004)

(un)becoming the Subject by Kevin Everod Quashie

Ruination is the name for Clare's journey to self, clearing the spaces of subjecthood that ...

Google previewTragedy in Hegel's Early Theological Writings (2014)

by Peter Wake

ruination is an inextricable part of it. conflict and separation, experienced as regret, inevitably contaminate the moment ...

Google previewDictionary of Confusable Words (2000)

by Adrian Room

rudimentary see rude ruin/ ruination Ruin is severe damage or complete financial loss; ruination is the act of being ruined, or the thing or person that causes ruin: 'If we don't win more orders we face ruin'; (we'll be broke), 'These account sheets ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2010)

The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler

ruination is not, like flirtation,floatation, & botheration, a HYBRID DERIVATIVE, being regularly formed from ruinate ; but it now has the ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

destruction, annihilation, downfall, extinction, demolition, extermination, eradication, finish, ruin, undoing, immolation, obliteration, ruination, extirpation. ant. 1 life, existence, being, consciousness. 2 birth, genesis, beginning, inception, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1827)

A vulgar colloquial word-Roman coins were covered over in the ground, in the sudden ruination of towns by the Saxons. Camden. RUINER, s. One that ruins. - This Ulysses, old Laertes' sonne, That dwells in Ithaca; and name hath wonne Of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* RUINATION. n.s.. [from ruinate.] Subverfion ; demolition; overthrow. , Obsolete.—Roman coins were overcovered in the ground, in the sudden ruination of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Kashmiri Proverbs & Sayings (1885)

Explained and Illustrated from the Rich and Interesting Folklore of the Valley by James Hinton Knowles

One woman is wealth to you, another is ruination.

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Ruination Meaning

Video shows what ruination means. The state of being ruined, a state of devastation or destruction.. The act of ruining or wrecking.. The cause of being ruined, ...

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Scrabble value of R1U1I1N1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 9 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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