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to pull down or break up so that reconstruction is impossible

to take the life of (a person or persons) unlawfully

to impair severely something such as the spirit, health, or effectiveness of

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In destroying the southern whale (like the Greenland whale, an inoffensive creature), your traders do a culpable action, Master Land.
I learned that the smouldering pine wood into which the second cylin- der had fallen was being shelled, in the hope of destroying that object before it opened.
He is a young, ingenious, pure man who seems virtuous; him there are means of destroying.
Everywhere went the airships dropping bombs, destroying any hope of a rally, and everywhere below were economic catastrophe, starving workless people, rioting, and social disorder.
The mass of the airships that eddied remotely above was, however, neither destroying nor destroyed.
First Question: What prevented Dexter from destroying the letter, when he first discovered it under the dead woman's pillow?
And while you maunder about restoring competition, the trusts go on destroying you.
We behold the face of nature bright with gladness, we often see superabundance of food; we do not see, or we forget, that the birds which are idly singing round us mostly live on insects or seeds, and are thus constantly destroying life; or we forget how largely these songsters, or their eggs, or their nestlings, are destroyed by birds and beasts of prey; we do not always bear in mind, that though food may be now superabundant, it is not so at all seasons of each recurring year.
Would you agree with me in thinking that the corrupting and destroying element is the evil, and the saving and improving element the good?
Take the analogy of the body: The evil of the body is a disease which wastes and reduces and annihilates the body; and all the things of which we were just now speaking come to annihilation through their own corruption attaching to them and inhering in them and so destroying them.
There was therefore no means of destroying a thick document such as a will.
They could not believe it indeed, for they could not take in the immensity of all they habitually enjoyed, and so could not conceive that what they were destroying was the very thing they lived by.
The army also destroyed fortified sites and vehicles for ISIS in al-Bab city and the villages and towns of Maskana, al-Afesh, and Aakoula, in addition to carrying out operations against Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in al-Mansoura village, destroying concentrations of terrorists and their weapons, munitions, equipment, and machinegun-equipped vehicles.
Russian Su-25 fighter jet carried out an airstrike on an ISIL stronghold in the Syrian province of Homs, destroying fortified areas, underground shelters and positions of terrorist anti-aircraft artillery equipped with two ZSU-23 systems.
Near Al Hawl, three airstrikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units, destroying two vehicles and wounding a fighter.