(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. destruction, ruin, undoing; accident, collision, crack-up, smash-up, crash; shipwreck; derelict; ruined person, human wreckage; breakup; ruins, demolition, wreckage, junk. —v. t. smash, crash, crack up, bust up (sl.); ruin, tear down, demolish, raze, destroy; shipwreck, strand, cast away; shatter, blight, blast. See remainder.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of wrecking]
Syn. destruction, demolition, razing, breaking up, ruination, sabotage, smash, breakdown, bust*.
2. [Anything wrecked]
Syn. junk, ruins, skeleton, hulk, stubble, collapse, bones, scattered parts, rattletrap, relic, litter, pieces, shreds, waste, wreckage, debris.
3. [A shipwreck]
Syn. sea disaster, sinking, running aground, debacle, foundering.
4. [An accident]
Syn. crash, car-crash, collision, smash-up*, pileup*, fender-bender*; see also collision 1 .
5. [*A person in poor physical condition]
Syn. incurable, invalid, consumptive, nervous case, overworked person, cripple, mess, goner, washout, scrub, shadow, skin-and-bones, walking nightmare.
1. [To bring to ruin]
Syn. spoil, ruin, destroy, disfigure, mangle, smash, tear down, raze, break, split, efface, batter, torpedo, tear to pieces, put out of order, impair, injure, stave in, bash in, mess up*, play hell with*, put out of commission*.
Ant. repair*, restore, rebuild.
2. [To shipwreck]
Syn. capsize, sink, founder, split on the rocks, crash on the beach, run aground, scuttle.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
wreckage, destruction, devastation, ruin, debris, smashup, crash, accident, derelict, *heap, *junker, *hulk.
destroy, ruin, tear apart, smash, devastate, demolish, raze, flatten, *total, sabotage, vandalize, *trash, spoil, shatter, break, gut, blow up, level, bulldoze.
ANT.: fix, repair, protect
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The act of destroying or state of being destroyed: bane, destruction, devastation, havoc, ruin, ruination, undoing, wrack1, wreckage. See HELP, LEFTOVER. 2. A wrecking of a vehicle: crash, smash, smashup. Informal: crackup, pileup. See HELP. 3. An abrupt disastrous failure: breakdown, collapse, crash, debacle, smash, smashup. See MONEY. 4. The remains of something destroyed, disintegrated, or decayed: debris, rubble, ruin, wrack2, wreckage. See LEFTOVER. II verb 1. To damage, disable, or destroy (a seacraft): shipwreck. See HELP. 2. To cause the complete ruin or wreckage of: bankrupt, break down, cross up, demolish, destroy, finish, ruin, shatter, sink, smash, spoil, torpedo, undo, wash up, wrack2. Slang: total. Idiom: put the kibosh on. See HELP. 3. To pull down or break up so that reconstruction is impossible: demolish, destroy, dismantle, dynamite, knock down, level, pull down, pulverize, raze, tear down. Aerospace: destruct. See HELP.

English dictionary for students. 2013.


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