destroy

 is an incomparable - almost. If a house is consumed by fire, it is enough to say that it was destroyed, not that it was "completely destroyed" or "totally destroyed." However, and illogical as it may seem, it is all right to speak of a house that has been partly destroyed. There is simply no other way of putting it without resorting to more circuitous descriptions. That is perhaps absurd and inconsistent, but ever thus was English.

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  • Destroy 2 — Also known as Eye Chew Origin Osaka, Japan Genres Noise rock Hardcore punk Years active 1995–1996 …   Wikipedia

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  • destroy — I (efface) verb abort, annihilate, blast, blight, blot out, break to pieces, bring to ruin, burn, consume, corrode, deal destruction, decimate, deface, demolish, desolate, destruct, destruere, devastate, devour, diruere, disintegrate, dissolve,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • destroy — destroy, demolish, raze mean to pull or tear down. Destroy is so general in its application that it may imply the operation of any force that wrecks, kills, crushes, or annihilates {idestroy a nest of caterpillars} {destroy affection} {a building …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • destroy — [di stroi′] vt. [ME destroien < OFr destruire < L destruere < de , down + struere, to build: see STRUCTURE] 1. to tear down; demolish 2. to break up or spoil completely; ruin 3. to bring to total defeat; crush 4. to put an end to; do… …   English World dictionary

  • destroy — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 7}}[wym. destroj] {{/stl 7}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż ndm {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} młodzieżowy styl bycia cechujący się wprowadzanymi celowo elementami bałaganu, nieładu; artystyczny nieład : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Destroy, czyli artystyczny… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • destroy — (v.) early 13c., from O.Fr. destruire (12c., Mod.Fr. détruire) destroy, ravage, lay waste, from V.L. *destrugere (Cf. It. distruggere), refashioned (influenced by destructus), from L. destruere tear down, demolish, lit. un build, from de un ,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • destroy — [v] demolish, devastate abort, annihilate, annul, axe*, blot out, break down, butcher*, consume, cream*, crush, damage, deface, desolate, despoil, dismantle, dispatch, end, eradicate, erase, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, gut*, impair, kill …   New thesaurus

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