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3 definitions found
 for ruinous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ruinous \Ru"in*ous\, a. [L. ruinosus: cf. F. ruineux. See
     Ruin.]
     1. Causing, or tending to cause, ruin; destructive; baneful;
        pernicious; as, a ruinous project.
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              After a night of storm so ruinous.    --Milton.
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     2. Characterized by ruin; ruined; dilapidated; as, an
        edifice, bridge, or wall in a ruinous state.
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     3. Composed of, or consisting in, ruins.
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              Behold, Damascus . . . shall be a ruinous heap.
                                                    --Isa. xvii.
                                                    1.
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     Syn: Dilapidated; decayed; demolished; pernicious;
          destructive; baneful; wasteful; mischievous.
          [1913 Webster] -- Ru"in*ous*ly, adv. --
          Ru"in*ous*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ruinous
      adj 1: extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin;
             "a catastrophic depression"; "catastrophic illness"; "a
             ruinous course of action" [syn: catastrophic,
             ruinous]
      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,
     wrecked, wreckful
  
  

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