Destruction


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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]
References in classic literature ?
Thus Providence, by the means of this Negro, saved the whole of the poor family from destruction.
With so effectual a weapon in their hands as the exclusive power of regulating elections for the national government, a combination of a few such men, in a few of the most considerable States, where the temptation will always be the strongest, might accomplish the destruction of the Union, by seizing the opportunity of some casual dissatisfaction among the people (and which perhaps they may themselves have excited), to discontinue the choice of members for the federal House of Representatives.
Thus by degrees the intellectual lustre of the Priestly Order would wane, and the road would then lie open for a total destruction of all Aristocratic Legislature and for the subversion of our Privileged Classes.
And thus in the midst of a city of wild conflict, filled with the alarms of war; with death and destruction reaping their terrible harvest around her, did Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, true daughter of Mars, the God of War, promise herself in marriage to John Carter, Gentleman of Virginia.
It was the first time I realised that the Martians might have any other purpose than destruction with defeated humanity.
And yet I think man will never renounce real suffering, that is, destruction and chaos.
Generation is distinct from destruction, increase and change of place from diminution, and so on.
And yet, angry as they were, they sometimes broke into a loud roar of laughter, as if mischief and destruction were their sport.
In The Ambitious Guest he has made use of the incident still told to travellers through the Notch, of the destruction of the Willey family in August, 1826.
Not a great while ago, passing through the gate of dreams, I visited that region of the earth in which lies the famous City of Destruction.
Livia is infamed, for the poisoning of her husband; Roxalana, Solyman's wife, was the destruction of that renowned prince, Sultan Mustapha, and otherwise troubled his house and succession; Edward the Second of England, his queen, had the principal hand in the deposing and murder of her husband.
A tyranny also is exposed to the same destruction as all other states are, from too powerful neighbours: for it is evident, that an opposition of principles will make them desirous of subverting it; and what they desire, all who can, do: and there is a principle of opposition in one state to another, as a democracy against a tyranny, as says Hesiod, "a potter against a potter;" for the extreme of a democracy is a tyranny; a kingly power against an aristocracy, from their different forms of government--for which reason the Lacedaemonians destroyed many tyrannies; as did the Syracusians during the prosperity of their state.