destroy


destroy
destroy, demolish, raze mean to pull or tear down.
Destroy is so general in its application that it may imply the operation of any force that wrecks, kills, crushes, or annihilates
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idestroy a nest of caterpillars

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destroy affection

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a building destroyed by fire

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grinding poverty that destroys vitality

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Its opposition to construct is often apparent
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it is proverbially easier to destroy than to constructor. S. Eliot

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very few established institutions, governments and constitutions . . . are ever destroyed by their enemies until they have been corrupted and weakened by their friends— Lippmann

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Demolish implies a pulling or smashing to pieces; when used in reference to buildings or other complex structures (as of wood, stone, or steel), it implies complete wreckage and often a heap of ruins
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houses demolished by a hurricane

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the automobile was demolished in a collision with the train

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The term implies the destruction of all coherency or integrity in a nonmaterial thing and, consequently, of all its usefulness
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demolish an opponent's argument

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people are inclined to believe that what Bradley did was to demolish the logic of Mill and the psychology of Bain— T. S. Eliot

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his research has been painstaking, and he demolishes a good many legends— Pratt

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Raze implies a bringing to the level of the ground; it may or may not imply an orderly process with no destruction of usable parts
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several buildings were razed to make room for the new city hall

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in 1865 a Gulf hurricane razed the town— Amer. Guide Series: Texas

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The term may imply obliteration or effacement, more, however, with reference to the implication of scraping than to the sense of pulling or tearing down
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canst thou not minister to a mind diseased . . . raze out the written troubles of the brain . . .7—Shak.

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Analogous words: *ruin, wreck, dilapidate: *abolish, extinguish, annihilate: *ravage, devastate, sack
Contrasted words: *found, establish, institute, organize: *make, form, shape, fashion, fabricate, forge, manufacture: preserve, conserve, *save

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