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Definition completely destroy — usually of buildings with the implication that they are flattened to the ground
  • The developers wanted to raze the complex and replace it with a high-rise commercial building, but they were stopped when it was designated a national historic landmark.
raze = completely destroy
  • Hitler wanted Paris razed, but his general ignored the order and surrendered.
  • razed = completely destroyed
  • But after the first city there was another, then another, city after city razed, the survivors drifting about like specters, picking through the rubble.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • razed = completely destroyed
  • My father went there after the bombings and found the buildings completely razed to the ground.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • razed = flattened
  • He would raze a whole village if he thought it would get him one more cow.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • raze = completely destroy
  • Jan and Bob were staying three miles outside of Niland, at a place the locals call the Slabs, an old navy air base that had been abandoned and razed, leaving a grid of empty concrete foundations scattered far and wide across the desert.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • razed = torn down so as to make flat with the ground
  • The grove must be razed.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • razed = completely destroyed (flattened)
  • Laila is not as forgiving-Massoud's violent end brings her no joy, but she remembers too well the neighborhoods razed under his watch, the bodies dragged from the rubble, the hands and feet of children discovered on rooftops or the high branch of some tree days after their funeral.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • razed = completely destroyed
  • Peeking past the drawn window blinds, they saw razed cities.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • razed = completely destroyed
  • Of no use to Japan in razed cities, the POWs had been shipped to Naoetsu to be reenslaved for the empire.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • razed = completely destroyed
  • The school, hospital and electricity station along the main road were all razed to the ground.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • razed = flattened
  • Temples were razed, blood spilled on altars.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • razed = completely destroyed
  • Shortly after this, Gordon and Dudorov were in the town of Karachev, which had been razed to the ground.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The entire ghetto has been razed by fire.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Just one looked capable of razing Rowan to its foundations and yet thirteen were now advancing upon the citadel fifty yards at a stride.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The tribes are at war, the Temple's been razed, and Circe has gone to the Winterlands to join with the creatures."
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • When I went back to visit Clover and found Main Street razed, it had been a few months since Deborah and I talked.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • They raze their old wood hut.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • It ought to be razed to the ground.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Sherman had razed Columbia during the Civil War.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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