AskDefine | Define ruinous

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ruinous adj
1 extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin; "a catastrophic depression"; "catastrophic illness"; "a ruinous course of action" [syn: catastrophic]
2 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" [syn: blasting]

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  1. causing ruin; destructive, calamitous

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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