ADJ. complete, total, wholesale | large-scale, mass, massive, widespread modern weapons of mass destruction | rapid | systematic | wanton the wanton destruction of public property | environmental, forest, habitat the environmental destruction caused by road building
VERB + DESTRUCTION bring (about), cause, lead to, result in, wreak (formal) the destruction brought about by war He gasped as he saw how much destruction she had wrought with the hammer. | prevent Some shopkeepers closed early to prevent the wholesale destruction of their property by the hooligans.
PHRASES leave a trail of destruction The tornado left a trail of destruction behind it. | the seeds of destruction By doubling its prices, the industry sowed the seeds of its own destruction. | test sth to destruction Children will quickly test their toys to destruction.