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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ruinous causing injury or blight; especially affecting with sudden violence or plague or ruin "the blasting effects of the intense cold on the budding fruit","the blasting force of the wind blowing sharp needles of sleet in our faces","a ruinous war"
    • adj ruinous extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin "a catastrophic depression","catastrophic illness","a ruinous course of action"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ruinous Causing, or tending to cause, ruin; destructive; baneful; pernicious; as, a ruinous project. "After a night of storm so ruinous ."
    • Ruinous Characterized by ruin; ruined; dilapidated; as, an edifice, bridge, or wall in a ruinous state.
    • Ruinous Composed of, or consisting in, ruins. "Behold, Damascus . . . shall be a ruinous heap."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ruinous Fallen to ruin; decayed; dilapidated.
    • ruinous Composed of ruins; consisting in ruins.
    • ruinous Destructive; baneful; pernicious; bringing or tending to bring ruin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ruinous fallen to ruins: decayed: pernicious
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  • George Orwell
    “The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ruinosus,: cf. F. ruineux,. See Ruin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ruinaruĕre, to tumble down.


In literature:

I take it for granted that he has done what he believes to be best, but I regard such policy as ruinous.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
It is now unfortunately quite ruinous.
"Somerset" by G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
But such a lax and irregular method of procedure is ruinous to the discipline of a school.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
He only can secure the soul from destructive ruinous courses, which will undo the soul.
"Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life" by John Brown (of Wamphray)
Finances are bad; the debt amounts to L520,000,000, and taxation is ruinous.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
To be sure, I will say, in excuse for their old mistress, her own habitation was but a very few degrees less ruinous and disgusting.
"Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation" by Frances Anne Kemble
We found the settlement in a ruinous condition.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
This quaint knot of ruinous houses in a weed-grown Court was sketched at Bruges.
"In the Days of My Youth" by Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
The consequences might prove disastrously ruinous to as many of our fellow-citizens as the exercise of such power would benefit.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Tyler" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
Only two buildings of the old fort remained at the time of our visit, both in a ruinous condition.
"Through the Mackenzie Basin" by Charles Mair
He gave notes, took up ruinous obligations, dealt with usurers, and all the race of lenders.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
Such division of his attention was ruinous.
"Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I." by John T. Morse
Nothing is left of it now but a ruinous church and one or two houses.
"The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga" by Cornelis De Witt Willcox
The mission buildings are generally in the same ruinous condition I have before described.
"What I Saw in California" by Edwin Bryant
We are still in the ruinous house.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
Excessive fashion is productive of a most ruinous strife.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
There's lots of folks eating their own beef cattle right now; and that's ruinous.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
The bag limit in British East Africa is ruinously extravagant.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
To Bacon the sentence was ruinous.
"Bacon" by Richard William Church
At that time a ruinous conflict had for seven years wasted the neighboring island.
"Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by William McKinley

In poetry:

Now, from the sycamores,
A ruinous and crumpled bronze is cast;
Grown sere at last,
The reeds lie broken on the river-shores.
"The End of Autumn" by Clark Ashton Smith
Before their eyes a house
That from childhood stood
Uninhabited, ruinous,
Suddenly lit up
From door to top:
All things remain in God.
"Crazy Jane On God" by William Butler Yeats
Ah, bitter heart, nor always thus
You came, but with a storm of Spring,
With happiness impetuous,
With joy and beauty following--
Who now leave all these ruinous!
"The Song Of Joy" by Thomas MacDonagh
Or if my life should break
The idle night with doubtful gleams,
Through mossy arches will I go,
Through arches ruinous and low,
And chase the true and false in dreams.
"Sleep" by George MacDonald
Beyond our tents the sands stretch level and far,
Around this little oasis of Tamarind trees.
A curious, Eastern fragrance fills the breeze
From the ruinous Temple garden where roses are.
"Reverie Of Mahomed Akram At The Tamarind Tank" by Laurence Hope
Until worn out by fatigue, towards a ruinous hut she did creep,
And there she lay down on the earthen Roor, and fell asleep,
And as a herd boy by chance was passing by,
He looked into the hut and the body of Margaret he did espy.
"John Rouat the Fisherman" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Architect Jeff Sherman took ten years turning around a ruinous row house and added nearly $500,000 in value in the process.
It speaks volumes that with the US mired in two wars and a ruinous economy, the most urgent question of national politics in recent days was whether Chris Christie is too fat to be president.
It contained all the ruinous, mean-spirited, wrong-headed government overreach that every red-blooded journalist prays for.
Green regulations may mean ruinous higher fines against surety bonds for contractors.
Michelle Obama's fiscally ruinous food fight.
After ruinous fire, Takoma Educational Center students start 2011 in new site.
Palmer absolves Steeler for ruinous tackle.
Will they be able to put a dent in a potentially ruinous problem.
It addresses in considerable detail how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have continuing and ruinous effects.
He also described himself as both a Muslim convert and a Buddhist, a spiritual feat in itself, but no matter: Heroes are hard to come by in Pakistan, where terrorist bombings exact a near-daily toll and the economy is in ruinous decline.
Moving can be ruinous to your financial health.
Need to Know talks to author and satirist Gary Shteyngart, whose new dystopian, darkly humorous novel "Super Sad True Love Story" foretells the ruinous decline of literacy in America.
But they never played together until they met again in the Sembakounya Refugee Camp, at the end of Sierra Leone's ruinous civil war.
It would have evoked memories of the oil shocks of the 1970s and the ruinous economic dislocation that followed.
But they never played together until they met again in the Sembakounya Refugee Camp, at the end of Sierra Leone 's ruinous civil war.

In science:

The superficial (and false ) analogy with Maxwell e.m. theory has generated ruinous consequences.
An immediate proof of the non-existence of GW's
First, if the 1D domain size is a multiple of 64 (minus two boundary layers), the well-known cache thrashing effects are ruinous.
Data access optimizations for highly threaded multi-core CPUs with multiple memory controllers
On extreme ruinous behaviour of Lévy insurance risk processes. J.
Occupation times of spectrally negative L\'evy processes with applications