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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Destroy  \De*stroy"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Destroyed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Destroying}.]  [OE.  destroien  destruien,  destrien, 
  OF  destruire,  F.  d['e]truire,  fr  L.  destruere  destructum 
  de  +  struere  to  pile  up  build.  See  {Structure}.] 
  1.  To  unbuild;  to  pull  or  tear  down  to  separate  virulently 
  into  its  constituent  parts  to  break  up  the  structure  and 
  organic  existence  of  to  demolish. 
 
  But  ye  shall  destroy  their  altars,  break  their 
  images,  and  cut  down  their  groves.  --Ex.  xxxiv 
  13. 
 
  2.  To  ruin;  to  bring  to  naught;  to  put  an  end  to  to 
  annihilate;  to  consume. 
 
  I  will  utterly  pluck  up  and  destroy  that  nation. 
  --Jer.  xii. 
  17. 
 
  3.  To  put  an  end  to  the  existence,  prosperity,  or  beauty  of 
  to  kill. 
 
  If  him  by  force  he  can  destroy,  or  worse,  By  some 
  false  guile  pervert.  --Milton. 
 
  Syn:  To  demolish;  lay  waste;  consume;  raze;  dismantle;  ruin; 
  throw  down  overthrow;  subvert;  desolate;  devastate; 
  deface;  extirpate;  extinguish;  kill;  slay.  See 
  {Demolish}. 




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