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Meaning of RUINOUS

Pronunciation:  'roounus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin; "a catastrophic depression"; "catastrophic illness"; "a ruinous course of action"

RUINOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: blasting, catastrophic, destructive, harmful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ru"in*ous\, a. [L. ruinosus: cf. F. ruineux. See
1. Causing, or tending to cause, ruin; destructive; baneful;
   pernicious; as, a ruinous project.

         After a night of storm so ruinous.    --Milton.

2. Characterized by ruin; ruined; dilapidated; as, an
   edifice, bridge, or wall in a ruinous state.

3. Composed of, or consisting in, ruins.

         Behold, Damascus . . . shall be a ruinous heap.
                                               --Isa. xvii.

Syn: Dilapidated; decayed; demolished; pernicious;
     destructive; baneful; wasteful; mischievous. --
     {Ru"in*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Ru"in*ous*ness}, n.