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1. destroy

verb. ['dɪˈstrɔɪ'] do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of.

Synonyms

  • pulverise
  • break apart
  • pull down
  • disassemble
  • destruct
  • uproot
  • eradicate
  • take apart
  • self-destroy
  • root out
  • take down
  • undo
  • wipe out
  • demyelinate
  • interdict
  • extirpate
  • dismantle
  • do away with
  • unmake
  • exterminate
  • eliminate
  • rase
  • dilapidate
  • sweep away
  • end
  • level
  • tear down
  • demolish
  • break up
  • pulverize
  • extinguish
  • get rid of
  • raze
  • kill
  • fracture

Antonyms

  • raise
  • assemble
  • ravel
  • braid

Etymology

  • destroyen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • destruire (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Destroy

  • underemploy
  • unemploy
  • redeploy
  • flournoy
  • quemoy
  • mcvoy
  • mcroy
  • mccloy
  • lacroix
  • illinois
  • employ
  • deploy
  • bolshoi
  • sgroi
  • savoy
  • polloi
  • mckoy
  • mccoy
  • malloy
  • lavoy
  • lafoy
  • laboy
  • enjoy
  • elroy
  • dejoy
  • decoy
  • deboy
  • alroy
  • stoy
  • ploy

How do you pronounce destroy?

Pronounce destroy as dɪˈstrɔɪ.

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How do you spell destroy? Is it distroy ?

A common misspelling of destroy is distroy

Sentences with destroy


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
It regulates proteins that kill bacteria and stimulates the growth of white blood cells that destroy invading pathogens.

2. Verb, base form
It's easy work to handpick these cocoons and destroy them so caterpillars cannot feed on the plants.

Quotes about destroy


1. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
- Theodore Roosevelt

2. In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
- Sun Tzu

3. You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
- Ray Bradbury

2. self-destroy

verb. do away with oneself or itself.

Synonyms

  • destruct
  • destroy

Antonyms

  • raise
  • assemble
  • repair

3. destroy

verb. ['dɪˈstrɔɪ'] destroy completely; damage irreparably.

Synonyms

  • kick down
  • scourge
  • vandalise
  • explode
  • waste
  • shipwreck
  • vandalize
  • do a job on
  • wrack
  • lay waste to
  • ruin
  • devastate
  • wreck
  • bust
  • harry
  • violate
  • burn
  • kick in
  • spoil
  • subvert
  • get
  • devour
  • wash out
  • consume
  • bust up
  • desolate
  • rape
  • despoil
  • plunder
  • burn down
  • ravage
  • break

Antonyms

  • clip
  • belt
  • hitch
  • strap

Etymology

  • destroyen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • destruire (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

4. destroy

verb. ['dɪˈstrɔɪ'] defeat soundly.

Synonyms

  • demolish
  • defeat
  • smash
  • swallow
  • overcome
  • cut to ribbons

Antonyms

  • unify
  • synthesize
  • ascend
  • rise

Etymology

  • destroyen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • destruire (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

5. destroy

verb. ['dɪˈstrɔɪ'] put (an animal) to death.

Synonyms

  • put down

Antonyms

  • tie
  • fold

Etymology

  • destroyen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • destruire (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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