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  • adj.injurious, devastating
  • adj.hurtful, disparaging

synonyms for destructive

  • calamitous
  • cataclysmic
  • catastrophic
  • damaging
  • deadly
  • detrimental
  • disastrous
  • fatal
  • harmful
  • hurtful
  • lethal
  • pernicious
  • ruinous
  • suicidal
  • toxic
  • annihilative
  • baleful
  • baneful
  • cancerous
  • consumptive
  • cutthroat
  • deleterious
  • dire
  • eradicative
  • evil
  • extirpative
  • fell
  • internecine
  • lethiferous
  • mortal
  • noisome
  • noxious
  • pestiferous
  • pestilential
  • slaughterous
  • venomous
  • wrackful
  • wreckful
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antonyms for destructive

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  • advantageous
  • assisting
  • beneficial
  • blessed
  • favorable
  • fortunate
  • harmless
  • healthful
  • helpful
  • kind
  • life-giving
  • wholesome
  • aiding
  • building
  • creative
  • encouraging
  • hopeful
  • positive
  • productive
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How to use destructive in a sentence

Most such flares develop when two neutron stars collide or there is some other destructive cosmic event.
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I was so angry at the time, and I knew I needed to channel these self-destructive qualities and turn that negative into a positive.
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However, as you mentioned, there are already four deaths in Washington of which the situation is less violent and destructive than that in Hong Kong.
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So it isn’t surprising that too many are now grappling with serious depression, becoming self-destructive, or losing motivation for school.
DEAR STRUGGLING PARENTS, IT'S NOT JUST YOU. THIS IS HARDSUSANNA SCHROBSDORFFJANUARY 31, 2021TIME
We are learning the hard way about their destructive effects on society and democracy.
'WE NEED A FUNDAMENTAL RESET.' SHOSHANA ZUBOFF ON BUILDING AN INTERNET THAT LETS DEMOCRACY FLOURISHBILLY PERRIGOJANUARY 22, 2021TIME
Blythe feels differently about baby Violet — whom she characterizes as emotionally cold and destructive.
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Deer, though native in the San Juans, are destructive of prairie habitat.
WE CRUSH, POISON, AND DESTROY INSECTS AT OUR OWN PERIL - ISSUE 95: ESCAPEJOHN HAINZEJANUARY 20, 2021NAUTILUS
In the Sierra—as in these other regions now prone to huge, destructive fires—a heavily altered landscape that was long ago torn from any natural equilibrium was largely abandoned.
WHAT THE COMPLEX MATH OF FIRE MODELING TELLS US ABOUT THE FUTURE OF CALIFORNIA’S FORESTSAMY NORDRUMJANUARY 18, 2021MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Immensely destructive forces have been unleashed in our country.
MADELEINE ALBRIGHT: 'US VS. THEM' THINKING IS TEARING AMERICA APART. BUT HERE'S WHY I'M STILL HOPEFUL ABOUT THE FUTUREMADELEINE ALBRIGHTJANUARY 15, 2021TIME
The year 2020 broke disaster records across the country in destructive and expensive ways.
AFTER A RECORD 22 BILLION-DOLLAR DISASTERS IN 2020, US DISASTER POLICY NEEDS REFORMDEB NIEMEIERJANUARY 8, 2021QUARTZ
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WORDS RELATED TO DESTRUCTIVE

  • advancing
  • antipathetic
  • assailing
  • attacking
  • barbaric
  • bellicose
  • combative
  • contentious
  • destructive
  • disruptive
  • disturbing
  • encroaching
  • hawkish
  • intruding
  • intrusive
  • invading
  • martial
  • militant
  • offensive
  • pugnacious
  • quarrelsome
  • rapacious
  • threatening
  • warlike
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.