Demolish vs Destroy - What's the difference?

demolish | destroy |

Demolish is a synonym of destroy.


As verbs the difference between demolish and destroy

is that demolish is to destroy; to destruct while destroy is
to damage beyond use or repair
.

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demolish

English

Verb

(es)
  • To destroy; to destruct.
  • They demolished the old house and put up four townhouses.
  • (figuratively) To utterly defeat.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 2 , author=Kevin Core , title=Fulham 6 - 0 QPR , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Andrew Johnson scored a hat-trick as Fulham demolished London rivals Queens Park Rangers to win their Premier League fixture of the season.}}

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    destroy

    English

    Verb

  • To damage beyond use or repair.
  • The earthquake destroyed several apartment complexes.
  • To cause destruction.
  • ''Hooligans destroy unprovoked
  • To neutralize, undo a property or condition.
  • ''Smoking destroys the natural subtlety of the palate
  • To put down or euthanize.
  • Destroying a rabid dog is required by law.
  • (colloquial) To defeat soundly.
  • (computing) To remove data.
  • The memory leak happened because we forgot to destroy the temporary lists.

    Synonyms

    * annihilate * break * demolish * kill * ruin * waste * See also

    Antonyms

    * build * construct * create * make * raise * repair

    Derived terms

    * destroyable * destroyer * destroyer escort * destroying angel