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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESTROYS

The worst evil of disregard for some law is that it destroys respect for all law.

We only know that it destroys the oxygen carrying power of living blood.

This scene made me sorrowful, as every thing does which destroys an illusion.

But it welcomes science with rapture when it destroys Utopias.

This, however, is not a criticism which destroys the value of his thinking.

De Villiers, defeats Washington, 74;destroys Redstone fort, 77.

If too hot, it destroys the lightness of the cream; if too cold, it does not mix thoroughly.

Some of these he destroys, while others are thrown into the waste-paper basket.

She first mars a man's fortune, and, by way of a reparation, she destroys her own.

It destroys all the feeling and unity of character which grow up in a settled home.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.