demolish vs destroy what difference

what is difference between demolish and destroy

English

Etymology

Attested since the 16th century; from Middle French demoliss-, the stem of some conjugated forms of the verb demolir (to destroy”, “to tear down), from Latin dēmōlior (I tear down).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dəˈmɒl.ɪʃ/

Verb

demolish (third-person singular simple present demolishes, present participle demolishing, simple past and past participle demolished)

  1. To destroy.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To defeat or consume utterly (as a theory, belief or opponent).
    • 1992, Robert Rankin, The Antipope (page 68)
      The Captain folded his brow into a look of intense perplexity. ‘You seem exceedingly spry for a man who demolished an entire bottle of brandy and better part of an ounce of shag in a single evening.’
      ‘And very nice too,’ said the tramp. ‘Now as to breakfast?’

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:destroy

Related terms

  • demolition

Translations

References

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “demolish”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Anagrams

  • modelish


English

Etymology

From Middle English destroyen, from Old French destruire, Vulgar Latin *destrugō, from Classical Latin dēstruō, from dē- (un-, de-) + struō (I build). Displaced native shend (destroy, injure).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈstɹɔɪ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪ
  • Hyphenation: de‧stroy

Verb

destroy (third-person singular simple present destroys, present participle destroying, simple past and past participle destroyed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To damage beyond use or repair.
  2. (transitive) To neutralize, undo a property or condition.
  3. (transitive) To put down or euthanize.
  4. (transitive) To severely disrupt the well-being of (a person); ruin.
    • 2005, Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide
      Other girls in the foster home are eager to destroy her and get her kicked out of the place. It’s a tough situation.
  5. (colloquial, transitive, hyperbolic) To defeat soundly.
  6. (computing, transitive) To remove data.
  7. (US, colloquial, slang) To sing a song poorly.
  8. (bodybuilding, slang, antiphrasis) To exhaust duly and thus recreate or build up.
  9. (slang, vulgar) To penetrate sexually in an aggressive way.

Synonyms

  • annihilate
  • break
  • demolish
  • kill
  • ruin
  • waste
  • See also Thesaurus:destroy

Antonyms

  • build
  • construct
  • create
  • make
  • raise
  • repair

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Anagrams

  • stroyed

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