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Were all the events of life combining to ruin or to save him?

There is a grandeur in the ruin to be enjoyed, as well as a scene of beauty from its towers.

To put it out of your power to ruin yourself is the only way left to prevent your ruin.

Until now there's a man that can squeeze and ruin me any day, and that's Merchant.

His early vow to ruin as many of the fair sex as he can get into his power.

Well, since rhyming's been my ruin, let me rhyme to the bitter end.

It was the law that had worked the ruin of her life, which she had striven to make wholesome.

The whole is a ruin, yet intact, if I may be pardoned the paradox.

You have barely finished your experiments, and now you're planning my ruin.

Indeed, my ruin came not from too great individualism of life, but from too little.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "act of giving way and falling down," from Old French ruine "a collapse" (14c.), and directly from Latin ruina "a collapse, a rushing down, a tumbling down" (cf. Spanish ruina, Italian rovina), related to ruere "to rush, fall violently, collapse," from PIE *reue- "to smash, knock down, tear out, dig up" (see rough (adj.)). Meaning "complete destruction of anything" is from 1670s. Ruins "remains of a decayed building or town" is from mid-15c.; the same sense was in the Latin plural noun.

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