WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: destroy, ruin, spoilDestroy means to damage something so badly that it no longer exists or people can no longer use it• The earthquake destroyed even the tallest buildings. • The rainforests are being destroyed at a frightening rate.If you ruin or spoil something, it still exists, but it has lost all its good qualities or features. Ruin is stronger than spoil• The rain ruined my hair. • I don't want to spoil your day. ➔ See alsodestroy
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.