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 for shipwreck
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shipwreck \Ship"wreck`\, n.
     1. The breaking in pieces, or shattering, of a ship or other
        vessel by being cast ashore or driven against rocks,
        shoals, etc., by the violence of the winds and waves.
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     2. A ship wrecked or destroyed upon the water, or the parts
        of such a ship; wreckage. --Dryden.
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     3. Fig.: Destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss.
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              Holding faith and a good conscience, which some
              having put away concerning faith have made
              shipwreck.                            --1 Tim. 1.
                                                    19.
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              It was upon an Indian bill that the late ministry
              had made shipwreck.                   --J. Morley.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shipwreck \Ship"wreck`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shipwrecked; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Shipwrecking.]
     1. To destroy, as a ship at sea, by running ashore or on
        rocks or sandbanks, or by the force of wind and waves in a
        tempest.
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              Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. To cause to experience shipwreck, as sailors or
        passengers. Hence, to cause to suffer some disaster or
        loss; to destroy or ruin, as if by shipwreck; to wreck;
        as, to shipwreck a business. --Addison.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shipwreck
      n 1: a wrecked ship (or a part of one)
      2: an irretrievable loss; "that was the shipwreck of their
         romance"
      3: an accident that destroys a ship at sea [syn: shipwreck,
         wreck]
      v 1: ruin utterly; "You have shipwrecked my career"
      2: suffer failure, as in some enterprise
      3: cause to experience shipwreck; "They were shipwrecked in one
         of the mysteries at sea"
      4: destroy a ship; "The vessel was shipwrecked"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  83 Moby Thesaurus words for "shipwreck":
     accident, beach, blow, break up, breakdown, breaking up, breakup,
     bring to ruin, calamity, capsize, cast away, casualty, cataclysm,
     catastrophe, cave, cave-in, collapse, collision, condemn, confound,
     consume, contretemps, crack-up, crash, damn, deal destruction,
     debacle, decimate, depredate, desolate, despoil, destroy,
     devastate, devour, disaster, dissolve, engorge, founder, go down,
     gobble, gobble up, grief, ground, gut, gut with fire, havoc,
     ill hap, incinerate, lay in ruins, lay waste, misadventure,
     mischance, misfortune, mishap, nasty blow, pile up, pileup, ravage,
     ruin, ruinate, run aground, scuttle, shock, sink, smash, smashup,
     staggering blow, strand, swallow up, take the ground,
     throw into disorder, total loss, tragedy, unleash destruction,
     unleash the hurricane, upheave, vandalize, vaporize, washout,
     waste, wrack, wreak havoc, wreck
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SHIPWRECK. The loss of a vessel at sea, either. by being swallowed up by the 
  waves, by running against another vessel or thing at sea, or on the coast. 
  Vide Naufrage; Wreck. 
  
  

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