Wreck vs Destroyed - What's the difference?

wreck | destroyed |


As verbs the difference between wreck and destroyed

is that wreck is to destroy violently; to cause severe damage to something, to a point where it no longer works, or is useless while destroyed is (destroy).

As a noun wreck

is something or someone that has been ruined.

As an adjective destroyed is

(ireland|informal) (particularly of a child) soiled, muddied, especially as a result of a fall or spill.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

wreck

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • Something or someone that has been ruined.
  • He was an emotional wreck after the death of his wife.
  • The remains of something that has been severely damaged or worn down.
  • * Cowper
  • To the fair haven of my native home, / The wreck of what I was, fatigued I come.
  • An event in which something is damaged through collision.
  • * Addison
  • the wreck of matter and the crush of worlds
  • * Spenser
  • Hard and obstinate / As is a rock amidst the raging floods, / 'Gainst which a ship, of succour desolate, / Doth suffer wreck , both of herself and goods.
  • * J. R. Green
  • Its intellectual life was thus able to go on amidst the wreck of its political life.
  • (legal) Goods, etc. cast ashore by the sea after a shipwreck.
  • (Bouvier)

    Synonyms

    * crash * ruins

    Derived terms

    * shipwreck

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To destroy violently; to cause severe damage to something, to a point where it no longer works, or is useless.
  • He wrecked the car in a collision.
    That adulterous hussy wrecked my marriage!
  • * Shakespeare
  • Supposing that they saw the king's ship wrecked .
  • To ruin or dilapidate.
  • (Australia) To dismantle wrecked vehicles or other objects, to reclaim any useful parts.
  • To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
  • * Daniel
  • Weak and envied, if they should conspire, / They wreck themselves.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Antonyms

    * build * construct * make * produce

    Derived terms

    * bewreck * wrecker * wreckage

    References

    destroyed

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • (destroy)
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • (Ireland, informal) (particularly of a child) soiled, muddied, especially as a result of a fall or spill.