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Most such flares develop when two neutron stars collide or there is some other destructive cosmic event.

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.

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.

So it isn’t surprising that too many are now grappling with serious depression, becoming self-destructive, or losing motivation for school.

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We are learning the hard way about their destructive effects on society and democracy.

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Anger often manifests in withholders as another self-destructive but more socially acceptable feeling or behavior, like anxiety.

It has a presence, it remains potentially destructive, but all we can do is attempt to marshal it.

To break her self-destructive cycle and heal, she decides to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo.

When we assign a primitive “not me” status to another individual or social group, it can—and does—take us down a destructive path.

This structure is particularly destructive for children in low-income families.

A tremendous tornado passed over the city of Natchez, very destructive to life and property.

A destructive tornado swept over a portion of Lapeer county, Michigan.

The planter passes entire nights, provided with lights, clearing the buds just opening, of these destructive insects.

There is another effect from hurricanes which is even more destructive to life than that caused by the direct action of the wind.

By that time, however, the Scots had completed another destructive raid.


On this page you'll find 159 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to destructive, such as: calamitous, cataclysmic, catastrophic, damaging, deadly, and detrimental.

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