demolish (v.)

1560s, "to destroy the structural character of (a building, wall, etc.), by violently pulling it to pieces," from French demoliss-, present-participle stem of démolir "to destroy, tear down" (late 14c.), from Latin demoliri "tear down," from de "down" (see de-) + moliri "build, construct," from moles (genitive molis) "massive structure" (see mole (n.3)). Figurative sense of "to destroy, lay waste" is from 1610s; humorously, "to consume," by 1756. Related: Demolished; demolishing.

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Definitions of demolish from WordNet

demolish (v.)
destroy completely;
the wrecking ball demolished the building
Synonyms: pulverize / pulverise
demolish (v.)
ruin or destroy;
demolished my reputation
his book demolishes an old myth
the professor demolished the student's argument
demolish (v.)
eat up completely, as with great appetite;
The teenagers demolished four pizzas among them
Synonyms: devour / down / consume / go through
demolish (v.)
defeat soundly and humiliatingly;
The home team demolished the visitors
Synonyms: destroy