1. the act of destroying: wanton destruction of a town.
  2. the condition of being destroyed; demolition; annihilation.
  3. a cause or means of destroying.


  1. the act of destroying or state of being destroyed; demolition
  2. a cause of ruin or means of destroying

early 14c., from Old French destruction (12c.) and directly from Latin destructionem (nominative destructio) “a pulling down, destruction,” from past participle stem of destruere “tear down” (see destroy).

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