Destruction is damage so bad, things must be replaced, not fixed. Tornadoes often leave a trail of destruction, damaging neighborhoods and knocking down houses.

The Latin word destructionem, "a pulling down," is the root of destruction. When destruction strikes, things do get pulled down — from houses in the case of natural disasters or a big display of canned soups in the case of a careless shopper. Sometimes, destruction refers to death, as when critics of war talk about the resulting destruction of human life.

Definitions of destruction

n an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something

demolition, wipeout
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annihilation, disintegration
total destruction
eradication, obliteration
the complete destruction of every trace of something
depredation, ravage
(usually plural) a destructive action
razing, wrecking
the event of a structure being completely demolished and leveled
ruin, ruination
an event that results in destruction
rack, wrack
the destruction or collapse of something
extermination, extinction
complete annihilation
desolation, devastation
an event that results in total destruction
an irretrievable loss
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conclusion, ending, finish
event whose occurrence ends something

n the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

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an act that has disastrous consequences
the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile
laying waste, ruin, ruination, ruining, wrecking
destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
demolishing, leveling, razing, tearing down
complete destruction of a building
annihilation, obliteration
destruction by annihilating something
destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
the act of destroying yourself
neutralisation, neutralization
(euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
extermination, liquidation
the act of exterminating
an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)
the act of demolishing
(law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism
willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
atomisation, atomization
annihilation by reducing something to atoms
pulverisation, pulverization
annihilation by pulverizing something
vaporisation, vaporization
annihilation by vaporizing something
the use of bombs for sabotage; a tactic frequently used by terrorists
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conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something

n a final state

death, end
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the way something is with respect to its main attributes

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