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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RUINING

The love of temporal dominion was ruining the Church of Rome.

My aunt Rosine was at Baden-Baden, ruining the whole family with a new "system."

We're ruining his paper for him, and when he gets able to read, it'll hurt him bad.

The financier is the people, and prevents Chase from ruining the country.

You talk glibly of ruining—but then you talk to a groom and lackey.

We were in danger of ruining all by a needless precipitancy.

By then, Simon was sick and tired of Barry ruining his moods.

He declared it was ruining his morals—that it made him "want to swear."

Them light French wines, they are ruining your constitution; I knew they would.'

Dan went to work with me, and do you know, it ended in ruining them both.

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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