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Destruction Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    destruction n
  1. termination by an act of destruction [syn: devastation]
  2. an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something [syn: demolition, wipeout]
  3. a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end" [syn: end, death]
Destruction Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Destruction \De*struc"tion\, n. [L. destructio: cf. F. destruction. See Destroy.]
  1. The act of destroying; a tearing down; a bringing to naught; subversion; demolition; ruin; slaying; devastation. The Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction. --Esth. ix. 5. 'Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. --Shak. Destruction of venerable establishment. --Hallam.
  2. The state of being destroyed, demolished, ruined, slain, or devastated. This town came to destruction. --Chaucer. Thou castedst them down into destruction. --Ps. lxxiii. 18.
  3. A destroying agency; a cause of ruin or of devastation; a destroyer. The destruction that wasteth at noonday. --Ps. xci. 6. Syn: Demolition; subversion; overthrow; desolation; extirpation; extinction; devastation; downfall; extermination; havoc; ruin.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Destruction'

Destruction is the concept of damage to an object, system, or being. It may apply either as a measurable degree of damage up to and including a state beyond use or repair, or it may indicate a state wherein such damage is occurring and continuing. Something 'being destroyed' is in a 'state of destruction.'

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* If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we must live through all time, or die by suicide. - Abraham Lincoln

* People fo privilage will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage. - John Kenneth Galbraith

* Power may be justly compared to a great river while kept within its bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it goes. - Alexander Hamilton

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