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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESTRUCTIVE

Destructive wars ensued, which have of late only been terminated.

But it is offensive to man, insulting to the atmosphere, and destructive of him who uses it.

The great Republic has the root of the destructive matter in her.

On all sides of Paris the flames rose, proud and destructive.

You will admit that anger is of a violent and destructive nature?

The destructive power of the Zepps has been greatly overrated.

The moth of this destructive caterpillar is called Leucania unipuncta.

It is a destructive but, by comparison, it is a peaceful phenomenon.

It flowed from outside—it rose higher, in a destructive silence.

This is a man's game, but it's not half so destructive as foot-ball.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., from Old French destructif (14c.), from Late Latin destructivus, from destruct-, past participle stem of Latin destruere (see destroy).

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