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
  1. noun
    an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    conclusion, ending, finish
    event whose occurrence ends something
  2. noun
    the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
    synonyms: devastation
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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
    the destruction or killing of 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
  3. noun
    a final state
    synonyms: death, end
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    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
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