a. The act or process of destroying: The destruction of the house was completed in two days.
b. The condition of having been destroyed: Destruction from the tornado was extensive.
2. The cause or means of destroying: weapons that could prove to be the destruction of humankind.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēstrūctiō, dēstrūctiōn-, from dēstrūctus, past participle of dēstruere, to destroy; see DESTROY.]
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