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demolish Explained

demolish at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


demolish at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1570, from M.Fr. demoliss-, stem of demolir "to destroy, tear down" (1383), from L. demoliri "tear down," from de- "down" + moliri "build, construct," from moles (gen. molis) "massive structure." Demolition is from 1549; demolition derby is 1956, Amer.Eng., defined by O.E.D. as "a contest in which old cars are battered into one another, the last one running being declared the winner." ///

demolish at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [T] [Date: 1500-1600; Language: Old French; Origin: demolir, from Latin moliri 'to build']//
1 to completely destroy a building: --The entire east wing of the building was demolished in the fire.//
2 to prove that an idea or opinion is completely wrong: --He demolished my argument in minutes.//
3 to end or ruin something completely: --These ants can demolish large areas of forest.//
4 to defeat someone very easily: --Miami demolished Texas 46 - 3.//
5 especially BrE informal to eat all of something very quickly: --He demolished a second helping of pie.// -- demolition/dem[hA353]l[hA366][hA35D][hA368]n/ n [U and C] //

demolish at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

100 Moby Thesaurus words for "demolish":
annihilate, answer, answer conclusively, argue down, atomize,
break, break into pieces, break to pieces, break up, burst, cleave,
confound, confute, contradict, controvert, crack, crash, crunch,
crush, cut to pieces, decimate, defeat, deny, destroy, devastate,
diffuse, dilapidate, disassemble, disintegrate, dismantle, dismiss,
dismount, disperse, dispose of, disprove, disrupt, end, finish,
fission, floor, fragment, grind, knock down, level,
make mincemeat of, mince, nonplus, overthrow, overturn, overwhelm,
parry, pick to pieces, pull down, pull in pieces, pull to pieces,
pulverize, put to silence, quash, raze, rebut, reduce to rubble,
reduce to silence, refute, rend, ruin, scatter, settle, shatter,
shiver, shut up, silence, smash, smash all opposition, smash up,
splinter, split, squash, squelch, squish, subvert, sunder,
suppress, take apart, take down, tear apart, tear down,
tear to pieces, tear to shreds, tear to tatters, terminate, topple,
total, unbuild, undermine, undo, unmake, upset, wrack, wrack up,

demolish at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Destruction): be destroyed, perish, fall to the ground, tumble, topple, go to pieces, fall to pieces, break up, crumble, go to the dogs, deteriorate, destroy, do away with, make away with, nullify, annul, sacrifice, demolish, tear up, overturn.

demolish at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb [VN]
1 to pull or knock down a building:
The factory was demolished in 1980. * The building will have to be demolished.
2 to show that an idea or theory is completely wrong:
A recent book has demolished this theory.
3 to defeat sb easily and completely:
They demolished New Zealand 226 in the final.
4 (BrE, informal) to eat sth very quickly:
The children demolished their burgers and chips.
demolition noun [U, C]:
The whole row of houses is scheduled for demolition. * His speech did a very effective demolition job on the government's proposals.

Demolish at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Demolish \De*mol"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Demolished}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Demolishing}.] [F. d['e]molir, fr. L. demoliri, p.
p. demolitus; de- + moliri to set a thing in motion, to work,
construct, from moles a huge mass or structure. See {Mole} a
mound, and {Finish}.]
To throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy the fabric of; to
pull to pieces; to ruin; as, to demolish an edifice, or a

I expected the fabric of my book would long since have
been demolished, and laid even with the ground.

Syn: To {Demolish}, {Overturn}, {Destroy}, {Dismantle},
{Raze}. That is overturned or overthrown which had stood
upright; that is destroyed whose component parts are
scattered; that is demolished which had formed a mass or
structure; that is dismantled which is stripped of its
covering, as a vessel of its sails, or a fortress of its
bastions, etc.; that is razed which is brought down
smooth, and level to the ground. An ancient pillar is
overturned or overthrown as the result of decay; a city
is destroyed by an invasion of its enemies; a monument,
the walls of a castle, a church, or any structure, real
or imaginary, may be demolished; a fortress may be
dismantled from motives of prudence, in order to render
it defenseless; a city may be razed by way of
punishment, and its ruins become a memorial of

demolish at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: destroy completely; "the wrecking ball demolished the
building"; "demolish your enemies"; "pulverize the
rebellion before it gets out of hand" [syn: {pulverize},
2: humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his
refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed
her" [syn: {crush}, {smash}]
3: defeat soundly; "The home team demolished the visitors"
[syn: {destroy}]

demolish at English (WD) Of Explained:



Attested since the 16th Century Inter: C.E » .; from Inter: etyl » frm demoliss-, the stem of some conjugated forms of the verb Inter: term » demolir||to destroy”, “to tear down|lang=frm, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » demolior||to tear down|lang=la.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /dəˈmɒl.ɪʃ/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /d@"mQl.IS/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-demolish.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-verb » demolish|es

  • To destroy; to destruct
    1. : They demolished the old house and put up four townhouses.
    2. Inter: transitiv » e To utterly defeat
    3. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=October 2
    |author=Kevin Core
    |title=Fulham 6 - 0 QPR
    |work=BBC Sport
    |passage=Andrew Johnson scored a hat-trick as Fulham demolished London rivals Queens Park Rangers to win their Premier League fixture of the season.


    * See also Category: Wikisaurus:destroy -


    Inter: trans-top » to destroy
    • Albanian: Inter: t- » sq|dërmoj, Inter: t- » sq|prish
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|събарям|sc=Cyrl|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » bg|разрушавам
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|bourat
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|slopen
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|lammutama
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|tuhota, Inter: t+ » fi|hajottaa
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|démolir
    • Inter: trreq » Georgian
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|abreißen, Inter: t- » de|niederreißen
    • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|הרס|tr=harás|sc=Hebr
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|bont, ledönt
    • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|hancur lebur

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|demolire
  • Kurdish:
  • : Sorani: Inter: t- » ku|ڕوخاندن|tr=RookhAndin|sc=ku-Arab
  • Latin: Inter: t- » la|demolior|alt=dēmōlior
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|dărâma
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|разрушать|tr=razrušát’|sc=Cyrl Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|разрушить|tr=razrúšit’|sc=Cyrl Inter: pf » ., Inter: qualifier » of old buildings Inter: t+ » ru|сносить|tr=snosít’|sc=Cyrl Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|снести|tr=snestí|sc=Cyrl Inter: pf » .
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|di-làraich
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|demoler
  • Turkish: Inter: t- » tr|yikmak

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    * Inter: R:Online Etymology Dictionar » y
    Translation: ca » demolish
    Translation: cy » demolish
    Translation: et » demolish
    Translation: el » demolish
    Translation: fr » demolish
    Translation: ko » demolish
    Translation: io » demolish
    Translation: kn » demolish
    Translation: ku » demolish
    Translation: li » demolish
    Translation: hu » demolish
    Translation: mg » demolish
    Translation: ml » demolish
    Translation: my » demolish
    Translation: ja » demolish
    Translation: pl » demolish
    Translation: ro » demolish
    Category: simple:demolish -
    Translation: fi » demolish
    Translation: sv » demolish
    Translation: ta » demolish
    Translation: te » demolish
    Translation: vi » demolish
    Translation: zh » demolish