Synonyms for destroying

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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.

Otherwise, he would not have cared to go on destroying life for no useful end.

Into her calculating ambition had come a new and destroying element.

Of course, as fast as I can lay hands on them, I'm destroying every likeness of the old Nelly.

Wot do you go a-lowerin the table-beer for then, and destroying my constitooshun?'

It is not by destroying, but by creating, that you have just done the work of a revolutionist.

They are destroying us for some reason known only to themselves.

But by next year a means will have been devised of destroying these monsters.

Rolling the ground with a heavy implement, before the sun rises, has been advised as a means of destroying them in these cases.

The great reformer was held a fanatic, intent on destroying government.

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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