Etymology
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destruct (v.)

"to destroy," 1958, probably a back-formation from destruction in the jargon of U.S. aerospace and defense workers to refer to deliberate destruction of a missile in flight by a friendly agent; popularized 1966 in form self-destruct in the voice-over at the beginning of TV spy drama "Mission Impossible." OED records an isolated use of destructed from 17c., in this case probably from Latin destructus, past participle of destruere.

updated on August 04, 2018

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Definitions of destruct from WordNet

destruct (v.)
destroy (one's own missile or rocket);
The engineers had to destruct the rocket for safety reasons
destruct (v.)
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of;
Synonyms: destroy
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