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Nothing but the hand of man could destroy what he was destroying; but his hand shrank not, and it was done.

It is a crime which, if persisted in, will destroy the Government itself.

They want their own poor way, and destroy the work of their hands by the sound of their tongues.

Some of us are only fit to destroy what is yet worse than ourselves.

To treat a child wholly as an adult would be to mock and destroy it.

If I get the wrong stuff in my eyes it will destroy them permanently.

To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it.

Greed—mere greed—for I do not need this money which may destroy us all!

Specifically, to destroy a maid's belief in the virtue of maids.

Their leader wished to destroy Slade's whole force at one stroke.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French destruire (12c., Modern French détruire) "destroy, ravage, lay waste," from Vulgar Latin *destrugere (source of Italian distruggere), refashioned (influenced by destructus), from Latin destruere "tear down, demolish," literally "un-build," from de- "un-, down" (see de-) + struere "to pile, build" (see structure (n.)). Related: Destroyed; destroying.

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