Pronunciation: (rOO'in),[key] —n. 1. ruins,the remains of a building, city, etc., that has been destroyed or that is in disrepair or a state of decay: We visited the ruins of ancient Greece. 2. a destroyed or decayed building, town, etc.
3. a fallen, wrecked, or decayed condition: The building fell to ruin. 4. the downfall, decay, or destruction of anything.
5. the complete loss of health, means, position, hope, or the like.
6. something that causes a downfall or destruction; blight: Alcohol was his ruin. 7. the downfall of a person; undoing: the ruin of Oedipus. 8. a person as the wreck of his or her former self; ravaged individual.
9. the act of causing destruction or a downfall.
—v.t. 1. to reduce to ruin; devastate.
2. to bring (a person, company, etc.) to financial ruin; bankrupt.
3. to injure (a thing) irretrievably.
4. to induce (a woman) to surrender her virginity; deflower.
—v.i. 1. to fall into ruins; fall to pieces.
2. to come to ruin.