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Definitioncatastrophic or extremely harmful; or badly damaged or decayed (like ancient ruins)
- 'These are the strangest trees that ever I saw,' he said; 'and I have seen many an oak grow from acorn to ruinous age.3.8 -- Book 3 Chapter 8 -- The Road to Isengard (22% in)
- And all about, stone, cracked and splintered into countless jagged shards, was scattered far and wide, or piled in ruinous heaps.3.8 -- Book 3 Chapter 8 -- The Road to Isengard (80% in)
- We had not yet given thought to the fate of the palantari of Gondor in its ruinous wars.3.11 -- Book 3 Chapter 11 -- The Palantir (76% in)
- The growing light revealed to them a land already, less barren and ruinous.4.4 -- Book 4 Chapter 4 -- Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit (6% in)
There are no more uses of "ruinous" in The Two Towers.
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