• Destruction of Pompeii
    Destruction of Pompeii
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v destruct do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of "The fire destroyed the house"
    • v destruct destroy (one's own missile or rocket) "The engineers had to destruct the rocket for safety reasons"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why locusts swarm are because when they are in groups, a "hot-spot" behind their hind legs is stimulated, which in turn causes their destructive nature. A large swarm of locusts can eat eighty thousand tons of corn in a day
    • v. t Destruct To destroy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Each unit on the Richter Scale is equivalent to a power factor of about 32. So a 6 is 32 times more powerful than a 5! Though it goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction. 2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided.
    • destruct To destroy.
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  • Walter Benjamin
    “The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble.”
  • Aesop
    “We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.”
  • William Lippmann
    William Lippmann
    “The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal, but ideas are immortal.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Without wisdom, knowledge is either useless or destructive.”
  • Simone Weil
    “The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. destructus, p. p. of destruere,. See Destroy


In literature:

No prophet was needed to forecast the doom and destruction that awaited the earth.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Don Pedro had determined upon the entire destruction of a little village occupied by the natives.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
The destruction, swiftly, painlessly, of all the others!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
We project shells so powerful that men disappear in the explosion, melted, disintegrated by its destructive force.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
The total of lives lost and the destruction caused never will be accurately known.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Captain Endicott now landed his force and commenced the work of destruction.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Brick or stone are preferable to woodwork, as heat and moisture in the grapery are quickly destructive to wood foundations.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Dick gritted his teeth and swore as he circled over the site of destruction, out of which tiny figures were struggling.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
For as pain is the warning of death, so the untrue is the detrimental, the destructive.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
The destruction of that desire, or the estranging of one's self from it.
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott

In poetry:

Then drop the pitying tear,
And let the name be known
Of this insidious vortex, where
Destruction holds his throne.
"Enigma XXVIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Though soft the notes are sounded,
Each vibration tells a tale
Of the mellow, winsome sunshine,
Or of fierce, destructive gale.
"Heartstrings" by Jared Barhite
No more the foliage of the oak
Shall spread its wonted shade;
Now fell'd beneath the hostile stroke
Of red destruction's blade.
"The Complaint" by Thomas Gent
So when unseen destruction lurks,
Which men like mice may share,
May some kind angel clear thy path,
And break the hidden snare.
"The Mouse's Petition" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Rejoice, rejoice, Humanity!
The fell, destructive, sore Disease,
The pest of ages, now can be,
Repell'd with safety and with ease.
"Lyric Address To Dr. Jenner" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
"Because on me they set their love,
I'll save them," saith the Lord;
"I'll bear their joyful souls above
Destruction and the sword.
"Psalm 91 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Such people are sinning against God and will lead to the ultimate destruction of the family and our nation.
Rough- hewn : 'Fragments' exhibit at Carnegie showcases deconstruction, destruction of art.
In some, he did something else seemingly self-destructive: He encouraged viewers to make their own holsters , if they were so inclined.
Are they havens for wounded people exiting a self-destructive lifestyle.
A new Swedish study has found that housework can be destructive to a relationship.
The tragic tour of destruction.
A new book, 'The Medea Hypothesis ,' looks at the opposite of the Gaia hypothesis and suggests that life on Earth is self-destructive.
You realize that sometimes protest can overthrow a government, but other times it can't even save a grove of redwood trees from destruction.
Habitat destruction, car-related mortality, and predation by dogs and cats all contributed to this decline.
Penned by Mathieu Landais, the Paris-set drama turns on four skateboarding friends on a self-destructive path.
It was, she said, the terrible images of grief and destruction being played on television that kept making her eyes well up.
From a very young age and throughout his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction.
A team of engineers at Florida Power & Light Company works diligently to protect the electric grid from one very persistent and potentially destructive foe: lightning.
As a big brain and a weapon of mass destruction.
Old Painless started the show off with destructive grindcore.

In science:

Observations of the properties of dust in very young galaxies will be an important probe of the rates of star formation in terms of the production and destruction of dust grains.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Furthermore, they provide a shield against destruction of the silicates.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The earliest dust must have had a hard time because both the source of the heavy elements to make the dust and the destruction of the dust are by supernova.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
However, multiple scattering of electrons in the medium destructs the coherence of radiation process.
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
Due to the extensive size of the first domain-like excitation the destruction of the ferromagnetism resembles a first order transition.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets