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demolition

[ dem-uh-lish-uh n, dee-muh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF demolition

Synonyms for demolition

  • annihilation
  • explosion
  • extermination
  • leveling
  • razing
  • wrecking
  • bulldozing
  • knocking down
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Antonyms for demolition

  • building
  • construction
  • fixing
  • production
  • repair
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEMOLITION

It was high time, for the bears were furiously engaged in the work of demolition.

After the demolition of that party he voted with the Democrats.

He may have been willing to batter it, but he did not intend its demolition.

It is true they indicated demolition, but demolition so slow as to be worthless to us.

The demolition of the eastern section began February 21, 1606.

The Sablonière Hotel, however, is now in course of demolition.

Demolition of one's idols is painful, and Carlyle had been an idol.

Was it the secret of the thoroughness with which the work of demolition was done?

How noiseless and undisturbing are the demolition, the repairs and the alterations, of nature!

The powder for our demolition will be upwards of twenty-two tons.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Old French demolition (14c.) "demolition; defeat, rout," from Latin demolitionem (nominative demolitio), noun of action from past participle stem of demoliri (see demolish). Mencken noted demolition engineer for "house-wrecker" by 1936. Demolition derby is recorded from 1956, American English, defined by OED as "a contest in which old cars are battered into one another, the last one running being declared the winner."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DEMOLITION

annihilation

nounutter destruction.

disposal

nounparting with or throwing something away
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