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3 definitions found
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Ruinous \Ru"in*ous\, a. [L. ruinosus: cf. F. ruineux. See
1. Causing, or tending to cause, ruin; destructive; baneful;
pernicious; as, a ruinous project.
After a night of storm so ruinous. --Milton.
2. Characterized by ruin; ruined; dilapidated; as, an
edifice, bridge, or wall in a ruinous state.
3. Composed of, or consisting in, ruins.
Behold, Damascus . . . shall be a ruinous heap.
Syn: Dilapidated; decayed; demolished; pernicious;
destructive; baneful; wasteful; mischievous.
[1913 Webster] -- Ru"in*ous*ly, adv. --
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin;
"a catastrophic depression"; "catastrophic illness"; "a
ruinous course of action" [syn: catastrophic,
2: causing injury or blight; especially affecting with sudden
violence or plague or ruin; "the blasting effects of the
intense cold on the budding fruit"; "the blasting force of
the wind blowing sharp needles of sleet in our faces"; "a
ruinous war" [syn: blasting, ruinous]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
158 Moby Thesaurus words for "ruinous":
ablative, annihilative, ausgespielt, baleful, baneful, bankrupt,
battered, beat-up, beaten up, bedraggled, biodegradable, black,
blasted, blighted, blowzy, broken, broken-down, calamitous,
careless, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, chintzy,
consuming, consumptive, corrosive, crippling, crumbling, deadly,
decomposable, decomposing, decrepit, degradable, deleterious,
demolishing, demolitionary, depredatory, derelict, desolated,
desolating, destroyed, destroying, destructive, devastated,
devastating, dilapidated, dire, disastrous, disintegrable,
disintegrated, disintegrating, disintegrative, disjunctive,
disruptive, done for, done in, doomful, down-and-out,
drabbletailed, draggled, draggletailed, dusty, erosive, fallen,
fatal, fateful, finished, fratricidal, frowzy, frumpish, frumpy,
fusty, gone to pot, gone to seed, grievous, grubby, harmful,
in rags, in ruins, informal, injurious, internecine, irremediable,
kaput, loose, lumpen, messy, mildewed, moldering, moldy,
moss-grown, moth-eaten, mussy, musty, nasty, negligent, nihilist,
nihilistic, noxious, overthrown, pernicious, poisonous, poky,
ragged, raggedy, ramshackle, ravaged, ravaging, resolvent, ruined,
ruining, run-down, rusty, scraggly, seedy, self-destructive,
separative, shabby, shattering, shoddy, slack, slatternly,
slipshod, sloppy, slovenly, slummy, sluttish, solvent, sordid,
spoiled, squalid, stale, subversionary, subversive, suicidal,
tacky, tattered, time-scarred, timeworn, tottery, toxic, tragic,
tumbledown, undone, unkempt, unneat, unsightly, untidy, vandalic,
vandalish, vandalistic, wasted, wasteful, wasting, withering, worn,
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