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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESTRUCT

You could have pushed the Destruct button and I'd never have known.

He was actually risking his life—or so he believed—to prove that the child could not destruct a human being.

WORD ORIGIN

"to destroy," 1958, probably a back-formation from destruction in the jargon of U.S. aerospace and defense workers to refer to deliberate destruction of a missile in flight by a friendly agent; popularized 1966 in form self-destruct in the voice-over at the beginning of popular TV spy drama "Mission Impossible." OED records an isolated use of destruct from 17c., in this case probably from Latin destruct-, past participle stem of destruere.

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