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[Nonproduction] Destruction.

[Antonyms: production.]

[Nouns] destruction; waste, dissolution, breaking up; diruption, disruption; consumption; disorganization.

fall, downfall, ruin, peridition, crash, eboulement, smash, havoc, delabrement, debacle; break down, break up, fall apart; prostration; desolation, bouleversement, wreck, wrack, shipwreck, cataclysm; washout.

extinction, annihilation; destruction of life [more]; knock-down blow; doom, crack of doom.

destroying; demolition, demolishment; overthrow, subversion, suppression; abolition (abrogation) [more]; biblioclasm; sacrifice; ravage, devastation, razzia; incendiarism; revolution [more]; extirpation (extraction) [more]; commencement de la fin, road to ruin; dilapidation (deterioration) [more]; sabotage.

[Verbs] be destroyed; perish; fall to the ground; tumble, topple; go to pieces, fall to pieces; break up; crumble to dust; go to the dogs, go to the wall, go to smash, go to shivers, go to wreck, go to pot, go to wrack and ruin; go by the board, go all to smash; be all over, be all up, be all with; totter to its fall.

destroy; do away with, make away with; nullify; annul [more]; sacrifice, demolish; tear up; overturn, overthrow, overwhelm; upset, subvert, put an end to; seal the doom of, do in, do for, dish, undo; break up, cut up; break down, cut down, pull down, mow down, blow down, beat down; suppress, quash, put down, do a job on; cut short, take off, blot out; dispel, dissipate, dissolve; consume.

smash, crash, quell, squash, squelch, crumple up, shatter, shiver; batter to pieces, tear to pieces, crush to pieces, cut to pieces, shake to pieces, pull to pieces, pick to pieces; laniate; nip; tear to rags, tear to tatters; crush to atoms, knock to atoms; ruin; strike out; throw over, knock down over; fell, sink, swamp, scuttle, wreck, shipwreck, ingulf, submerge; lay in ashes, lay in ruins; sweep away, erase, wipe out, expunge, raze; level with the dust, level with the ground.

deal destruction, lay waste, ravage, gut; disorganize; dismantle (render useless) [more]; devour, swallow up, desolate, devastate, sap, mine, blast, bomb, blow to smithereens, drop the big one, confound; exterminate, extinguish, quench, annihilate; snuff out, put out, stamp out, trample out; lay in the dust, trample in the dust; prostrate; tread under foot; crush under foot, trample under foot; lay the ax to the root of; make short work of, make clean sweep of, make mincement of; cut up root and branch, chop into pieces; fling to the winds, scatter to the winds; throw overboard; strike at the root of, sap the foundations of, spring a mine, blow up, ravage with fire and sword; cast to the dogs; eradicate [more].

[Adjectives] destroyed; perishing; trembling to its fall, nodding to its fall, tottering to its fall; in course of destruction; extinct; all-destroying, all-devouring, all-engulfing.

destructive, subversive, ruinous, incendiary, deletory; destroying n. suicidal; deadly (killing) [more].

[Adverbs] with crushing effect, with a sledge hammer.

[Phrases] delenda est Carthago [Cato. "Carthage must be destroyed" (Latin)]; dum Roma deliberat Saguntum perit ["While Rome deliberates Saguntum perishes" (Latin)]; ecrasez l'infame [Voltaire. "Crush the infamous" (French)].

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