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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 ?
I shudder when I think of the change a few years will produce in their paradisaical abode; and probably when the most destructive vices, and the worst attendances on civilization, shall have driven all peace and happiness from the valley, the magnanimous French will proclaim to the world that the Marquesas Islands have been converted to Christianity
The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless: it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends, but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness.
A circle of fire hemmed the Victoria in; the crackling of the dry wood mingled with the hissing and sputtering of the green branches; the clambering vines, the foliage, all the living part of this vegetation, writhed in the destructive element.
I daresay his papers, if he has left any, include some satires that may be published without too destructive results fifty years hence.
Necessarily, in the face of urban populations in a state of economic disorganisation and infuriated and starving, this led to violent and destructive collisions, and even where the air-fleet floated inactive above, there would be civil conflict and passionate disorder below.
The rapidity of the Russian pursuit was just as destructive to our army as the flight of the French was to theirs.
He thinks it means destructive: they want to make me out a destructive, you know," said Mr.
We pass on, then, to that night at Market Burnham Hall, when a Zeppelin was guided to the spot where Sir Meyville Worth was experimenting on behalf of the British Government, and dropped destructive bombs.
But the beasts were not noticeably destructive, for they were few in number and the ranch was large.
THE OXEN once upon a time sought to destroy the Butchers, who practiced a trade destructive to their race.
By either a happy inspiration or some destructive design, it was one day proposed--nobody appeared to know from whom the suggestion came- -to dig up the vine, and after a good deal of debate this was done.
It struck me, from watching those with whom I associated, that the life we were living was more destructive than that lived by the average man.