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Ruin
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This clue has been rated as VERY COMMON
We've rated Ruin as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

8 December 2021
Last seen in: The Sun Cryptic

We found 50 answers for the crossword clue 'Ruin', the most recent of which was seen in the The Sun Cryptic.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Ruin a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Ruin as an answer itself some 244 times.

Ruin is a single word clue made up of 4 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'The Sun Cryptic' on Wednesday, 08 December 2021 with the answer being DOWNFALL, but the most popular answer for this clue is DESTROY.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
  • A ruined building; "they explored several Roman ruins"
  • An event that results in destruction
  • Failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
  • An irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; "you have brought ruin on this entire family"
  • The process of becoming dilapidated
  • Fall into ruin
  • Reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war"
  • Destroy or cause to fail; "This behavior will ruin your chances of winning the election"
  • Deprive of virginity; "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"
  • Destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
  • Reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"

Crossword Answers

3 Letters

END
The part you are expected to play; "he held up his end"

MAR
A mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"

4 Letters

BANE
Something causing misery or death; "the bane of my life"

DOIN
Get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"

DOOM
An unpleasant or disastrous destiny; "everyone was aware of the approaching doom but was helpless to avoid it"; "that's unfortunate but it isn't the end of the world"

HARM
The act of damaging something or someone

SINK
A covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it

UNDO
Cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect; "I wish I could undo my actions"

5 Letters

BOTCH
An embarrassing mistake

BREAK
An escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"

CRUSH
The act of crushing

DOFOR

HAVOC
Violent and needless disturbance

SMASH
Humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her"

SPOIL
Treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

TOTAL
Complete in extent or degree and in every particular; "a full game"; "a total eclipse"; "a total disaster"

TRASH
Dispose of (something useless or old); "trash these old chairs"; "junk an old car"; "scrap your old computer"

WAIST
The narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole

WRACK
Growth of marine vegetation especially of the large forms such as rockweeds and kelp

WRECK
A ship that has been destroyed at sea

6 Letters

BLIGHT
Any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting

7 Letters

DESTROY
Do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house"

LOUSEUP
Make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

NEMESIS
(Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance

RUINING
Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

SCUPPER
Put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position

SUBVERT
Cause the downfall of; of rulers; "The Czar was overthrown"; "subvert the ruling class"

TORPEDO
Any sluggish bottom-dwelling ray of the order Torpediniformes having a rounded body and electric organs on each side of the head capable of emitting strong electric discharges

UNDOING
An act that makes a previous act of no effect (as if not done)

8 Letters

BANKRUPT
Someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts

BOLLIXUP
Make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

DEFLOWER
Make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"

DEMOLISH
Humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her"

DESTRUCT
Do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house"

DISASTER
An act that has disastrous consequences

DOWNFALL
Failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

WRECKAGE
The remaining parts of something that has been wrecked; "they searched the wreckage for signs of survivors"

WRECKING
Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

9 Letters

DEVASTATE
Overwhelm or overpower; "He was devastated by his grief when his son died"

PAUPERIZE
Reduce to beggary

PERDITION
(Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "a demon from the depths of the pit"; "Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson

RUINATION
Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

SHIPWRECK
A wrecked ship (or a part of one)

10 Letters

BANKRUPTCY
A legal process intended to insure equality among the creditors of a corporation declared to be insolvent

IMPOVERISH
Take away

11 Letters

CATASTROPHE
An event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"

DESTRUCTION
The termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

DEVASTATION
The termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

LAYINGWASTE
Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined

12 Letters

DILAPIDATION
The process of becoming dilapidated

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