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It was a ruinous war.
  catastrophic or extremely harmful; or badly damaged or decayed (like ancient ruins)
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  • It was a ruinous war.
  • He gave notes, took up ruinous obligations, dealt with usurers and all the race of lenders.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • ...this part of the ancient road was much more ruinous than any they had yet seen.  They had to pick their way over great broken stones and between boulders and across rubble:
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Our society was utterly, ruinously derivative (although the word derivative as a criticism is itself derivative).
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • He wanted the story badly, but it was more than clear to me that intimacy with a guard would be ruinous for me—or for any prisoner.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • There’s a cross wrinkle in her brow, but she somehow sloughs off my likely ruinous charge and asks instead if the turkey sandwich is all right for me.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Maybe they have discovered some fact about his parentage that even he doesn’t know, something ruinous.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • For so boyishly idealized and ruinously romantic had been my longing for Sophie all summer that, in truth, I had never really allowed a fully contoured, many-dimensioned, vividly tinted fantasy of sex with her invade or bother, much less take command of, my mind.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She had done him great harm, repeatedly — she’d torn him open, thrown all kinds of terrible ruinous stuff inside him, and then had sewn him back up — but Kit couldn’t know that.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The fines, in addition to the prison sentences, were ruinous: two hundred thousand, half a million dollars.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • But it doesn’t hide a ruinous scar that marches down her neck, disappearing beneath the collar of her shirt.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Try as she might, she couldn’t see anything but the ruinous building before her.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The cost of transporting him would make him ruinously expensive.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • In August he was at Smolensk and thought only of how to advance farther, though as we now see that advance was evidently ruinous to him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He explained that he was a Jew in upbringing, in blood, but also that Jewry was now more than ever a label—a ruinous piece of the dumbest luck around.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Many of them looked to have been worked by hands, though now they lay tumbled and ruinous in a bleak, barren land.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The threat Mary Magdalene posed to the men of the early Church was potentially ruinous.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But when Winston glanced again at Rutherford’s ruinous face, he saw that his eyes were full of tears.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It crept onward among ruinous house and over the twinkling river.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • This it was which had caused the regular beating noise, and the rhythmic shocks that had kept our ruinous refuge quivering.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Houses in twos and threes pass by us, solitary farms, ruinous buildings, dye-works, tanneries, and the like, open country, avenues of leafless trees.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • They saw a weed-grown, floorless room, unplastered, an ancient fireplace, vacant windows, a ruinous staircase; and here, there, and everywhere hung ragged and abandoned cobwebs.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • One day, as he went prancing down a quiet street, he saw at the window of a ruinous castle the lovely face.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • What is the ruinous discount which Mordecai, the broker, gets from poor Woebegone, the bankrupt, on a loan to keep Woebegone’s family from starvation; what is that ruinous discount but a Fast-Fish?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • So Scarlett reluctantly stayed away from Johnnie’s mill, fearing that if she came too often he might quit and that would be ruinous.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The old gentleman had been talking with Godfrey about the increasing poor-rate and the ruinous times, and had not heard the dialogue between his daughters.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Never the flaming eye of Helios lights on those men at morning, when he climbs the sky of stars, nor in descending earthward out of heaven; ruinous night being rove over those wretches.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • From this secret conflict, always muzzled, but always growling, was born armed peace, that ruinous expedient of civilization which in the harness of the European cabinets is suspicious in itself.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’As I walked I was watching for every impression that could possibly help to explain the condition of ruinous splendour in which I found the world—for ruinous it was.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • We have seen the best of our time: machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders follow us disquietly to our graves.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • ’tis ruinous.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • You remember I told you I had been struck at the distance by certain attempts at ornamentation, rather remarkable in the ruinous aspect of the place.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • ’These are the strangest trees that ever I saw,’ he said; ’and I have seen many an oak grow from acorn to ruinous age.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • This old stone tower was very massive—and rather ruinous, too, for it was Roman, and four hundred years old.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The Rector was obliged to take up the money at a ruinous interest, and had been struggling ever since.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Though the savages had nothing to boast of in this adventure, (several canoes being driven ashore, followed by two drowned creatures, having undoubtedly met with a storm at sea that very night they departed) yet it was natural to be supposed, that those whose better fortune it was to attain their native shore, would inflame their nation to another ruinous attempt, with a greater force, to carry all before them.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • "If you liked," he said, "a lesson from time to time, that wouldn’t after all be very ruinous."
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • These opposed it, and held out, since Ilion and Priam and his people had incurred their hatred first, the day Alexandras made his mad choice and piqued two goddesses, visitors in his sheepfold: he praised a third, who offered ruinous lust.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • His only hope was to plead again with May, and on the day before his departure he walked with her to the ruinous garden of the Spanish Mission.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Certainly little or no resentment attaches to the College-on-the-Hill as an emblem of ruinous influence.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Partly ruinous it seemed, but already before the night was passed the sound of hurried labour could be heard: beat of hammers, clink of trowels, and the creak of wheels.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • He was about to throw himself on the ground, and make one struggle for his young life, when he saw that they stood before a solitary house: all ruinous and decayed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • But this incurable loitering beside Bathsheba Everdene stole his time ruinously.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • It was getting crazy and ruinous now, from long neglect.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Jo lives—that is to say, Jo has not yet died—in a ruinous place known to the like of him by the name of Tom-all-Alone’s.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • "It is the mere wantonness of insult," said one of the oldest and most important of Prince John’s followers, Waldemar Fitzurse, "and if your Grace attempt it, cannot but prove ruinous to your projects."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • O thou that dost inhabit in my breast, Leave not the mansion so long tenantless, Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall And leave no memory of what it was!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • So under fiery cope together rushed Both battles main, with ruinous assault And inextinguishable rage.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The ruinous decade had scarred the city, as it had everyother: poor boxes on the street, people living on railcars.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • people ruinously giving in to temptation or Barbara’s zero tolerance for alcohol and sexual indiscretion.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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