(?), a. [L. ruinosus: cf. F. ruineux. See Ruin.] 1. Causing, or tending to cause, ruin; destructive; baneful; pernicious; as, a ruinous project.
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After a night of storm so ruinous.
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2. Characterized by ruin; ruined; dilapidated; as, an edifice, bridge, or wall in a ruinous state.
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3. Composed of, or consisting in, ruins.
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Behold, Damascus . . . shall be a ruinous heap.
Isa. xvii. 1.
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Syn. -- Dilapidated; decayed; demolished; pernicious; destructive; baneful; wasteful; mischievous.
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-- Ru"in*ous*ly (#), adv. -- Ru"in*ous*ness, n.
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