complete, total, utter, wholesale
large-scale, mass, massive, widespread

modern weapons of mass destruction

final, ultimate

the wanton destruction of public property

ecological, environmental, forest, habitat, ozone

the environmental destruction caused by road building


The earthquake caused loss of life and property destruction.


the threat of nuclear destruction which haunts the post-war world

deliberate, intentional

a war of mutual destruction

bring (about), cause, lead to, result in, wreak (formal)

the destruction brought about by war

He gasped as he saw how much destruction she had wrought with the hammer.

avoid, prevent, stop

Some shopkeepers closed early to prevent the wholesale destruction of their property by the hooligans.

escape, survive

Three of the paintings escaped destruction.

He had miraculously survived the destruction of the spacecraft.

see, watch, witness

He witnessed the destruction of most of his work in a studio fire.


those who seek the destruction of our way of life

leave a trail of destruction

The tornado left a trail of destruction behind it.

the seeds of destruction

By doubling its prices, the industry sowed the seeds of its own destruction.

test sth to destruction (BrE)

Children will quickly test their toys to destruction.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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