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Destruction

The partial or complete loss of a structure, generally connoting a sudden or unplanned occurrence such as a fire, earthquake, or accident, as opposed to overt demolition.

Destruction

Abaddon
angel of the abyss; king of locusts. [N.T.: Revelation 9:11]
abomination of desolation
epithet for the destructive or hateful. [Western Folklore: Benét, 3]
atomic bomb
(A-bomb) fission device of enormous destructive power. [Am. Sci.: EB, I: 628]
Armageddon
final battle between forces of good and evil. [N.T.: Revelation 16:16]
Bikini and Eniwetok
Pacific atolls, sites of H-bomb testing. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 12]
Doomsday device
superpower nuclear capability to destroy the world if attacked. [Brit. Cinema: Dr. Strangelove
Dresden, bombing of
allied incendiary bombs reduced city to inferno (February 13, 1945). [Ger. Hist.: Hitler, 1165; Am. Lit.: Slaughterhouse-Five]
Enlil
storm god responsible for deluge. [Babyl. Myth.: Parrinder, 91]
Enola Gay
B-52 that dropped the Hiroshima A-bomb. [U.S. Hist.: WB, W:405]
firebranded foxes
Samson unlooses them to scorch cornfields. [O.T.: Judges 15:3–6]
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
allegorical figures representing pestilence, war, famine, death. [N.T.: Revelation 6:1–8]
Götterdämmerung
great final battle between Teutonic pantheon and forces of evil. [Ger. Myth.: Leach, 461]
Hiroshima
Japanese city destroyed by A-bomb (1945). [Am. Hist.: Fuller, III
Hormah
Judah and his men level this Canaanite city. [O.T.: Judges 1:17]
Hundred Years War
reduced much of France to wasteland (1337–1453). [Eur. Hist.: Bishop, 382–395]
hydrogen bomb
(H-bomb) thermonuclear device more destructive than A-bomb. [Am. Sci.: EB, IX: 949]
Jericho, Walls of
razed on the seventh blowing of trumpets. [O.T.: Joshua 6]
Jerusalem
destroyed in 586 B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar, and in A.D. 70 by Titus. [Jew. Hist.: Collier’s, XI, 16, 17]
Juggernaut
(Jagannath) huge idol of Krishna drawn through streets annually, occasionally rolling over devotees. [Hindu Rel.: EB, V: 499]
Krakatoa
volcano in southwest Pacific which violently exploded in 1883, destroying the island. [Asian Hist.: NCE, 1500]
Kristallnacht Nazi
rampage against property of German Jews (November 9–10, 1938). [Ger. Hist.: Hitler, 689–694]
Lidice
Czech town obliterated by Nazis (June 10, 1942). [Eur. Hist.: Van Doren, 489]
Mt. St. Helens
volcanic eruption that devastated huge area in 1980. [U. S. Hist.: WB, M:735]
Nagasaki
Japanese city destroyed by A-bomb (1945). [Am. Hist.: Fuller, III: 626]
neutron bomb
causes limited havoc: kills people, preserves property. [World Hist.: Facts (1978), 103]
On the Beach
describes search for survivors after entire population on North America has been wiped out by nuclear war. [Br. Lit.: Weiss, 332]
Ragnarok
destruction of gods and all things in final battle with evil. [Norse Myth.: NCE, 1762]
Rome, Sack of
destroyed by the German-Spanish army under Charles V (1527). [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 43, 406–407]
Sherman’s “March to the Sea”
Confederate heartland ravaged by marauding Union army (1864). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 307]
Sodom and Gomorrah
Biblical cities destroyed by fire for wicked ways. [O.T.: Genesis 10:19; 13; 14; 18; 19]
Thirty Years War
world war prototype reduced Germany to wasteland (1618–1648). [Eur. Hist.: EB, 18: 333–344]
Vesuvius
volcano in Italy which erupted in A.D. 79, burying Pompeii and Herculaneum. [Rom. Hist.: NCE, 2187]
Vials of Wrath
seven plagues precipitating end of world. [N.T.: Revelation 16:1–17]
Vulcan
god of destruction, placated by gifts of captured weapons. [Rom. Myth.: Howe, 294]
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Rebecca Knuth (Chair of the Library and Information Science Program, University of Hawaii) presents Burning Books And Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Culture Destruction, a scholarly study of nationalist, ethnic, religious, or political extremism taken to such lengths as to result in the wholesale destruction of libraries as an all-out assault upon cultural values the extremists despise.