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Ruin, subst. 1) decay: “r. hath taught me thus to ruminate,” Sonn. 64, 11. “let it presage the r. of your love,” Merch. III, 2, 175. “repair thy wit, or it will fall to cureless r.” IV, 1, 142. “buildings fall to r.” Per. II, 4, 37. time's r. == the decay caused by time: Lucr. 1451. cf. “the chaff and r. of the times,” Merch. II, 9, 48.
2) fall, overthrow, destruction, perdition: “by your r.” Wint. IV, 4, 541. “cry woe, destruction, r. and decay,” R2 III, 2, 102. “whose r. you have sought,” H5 II, 2, 176. “what r. happened in revenge of him,” H6A II, 2, 11. “there comes the r., there begins confusion,” IV, 1, 194. “when my angry guardant stood alone, tendering my r.” IV, 7, 10. “r. combat with their palaces,” V, 2, 7. “to thy foul disgrace and utter r. of the house of York,” H6C I, 1, 254. “our ranks are broke, and r. follows us,” II, 3, 10. “seek their r. that usurped our right,” V, 6, 73. “I see the r. of our house,” R3 II, 4, 49 (Qq downfall). “death, desolation, r. and decay,” IV, 4, 409. “weigh thee down to r.” V, 3, 153. “my r.” H8 III, 1, 98. “as if r. leaped from his eyes,” III, 2, 205. “may bring my r.” III, 2, 205 Troil. V, 3, 58. “fed the r. of the state,” Cor. III, 1, 118. “bury all in heaps and piles of r.” Cor. III, 1, 118 “come all to r.” III, 2, 125. “for --'s wasteful entrance,” Mcb. II, 3, 120. “each small annexment attends the boisterous r.” Hml. III, 3, 22.
Followed by of in an active or subjective sense: “see the cities and the towns defaced by wasting r. of the cruel foe,” H6A III, 3, 46 (== the destructions which the enemy makes); cf. above: “time's r.” Lucr. 1451. Hence similarly with the possessive pronoun: “there is betwixt that smile we would aspire to, that sweet aspect of princes, and their r., more pangs and fears than wars or women have,” H8 III, 2, 369 (== the ruin which they cause).
3) any thing decayed, destroyed, or demolished; especially decayed buildings; sing.: “kneeling before this r. of sweet life,” John IV, 3, 65. “thou new r. of old Clifford's house,” H6B V, 2, 61. “what's past and what's to come is strewed with husks and formless r. of oblivion,” Troil. IV, 5, 167. “triumphantly tread on thy country's r.” Cor. V, 3, 116. “bow this feeble r. to the earth,” Tit. III, 1, 208. “the r. speaks that sometime it was a worthy building,” Cymb. IV, 2, 354. With of, to note the cause of the decay: “the noble r. of her magic,” Ant. III, 10, 19; cf. Merch. II, 9, 48. Plur. --s: “his soul's fair temple is defaced, to whose weak --s muster troops of cares,” Lucr. 720. “what --s are in me . . . by him not --ed?” Err. II, 1, 96. “the --s of thy linen,” H4B II, 2, 27. “all the --s of distressful times repaired,” R3 IV, 4, 318. “and out of --s, made my name once more noble,” H8 II, 1, 114. “thou art the --s of the noblest man,” Caes. III, 1, 256.
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