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 for destruction
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Destruction \De*struc"tion\, n. [L. destructio: cf. F.
     destruction. See Destroy.]
     1. The act of destroying; a tearing down; a bringing to
        naught; subversion; demolition; ruin; slaying;
        devastation.
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              The Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of
              the sword, and slaughter, and destruction. --Esth.
                                                    ix. 5.
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              'Tis safer to be that which we destroy
              Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. --Shak.
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              Destruction of venerable establishment. --Hallam.
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     2. The state of being destroyed, demolished, ruined, slain,
        or devastated.
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              This town came to destruction.        --Chaucer.
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              Thou castedst them down into destruction. --Ps.
                                                    lxxiii. 18.
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     2. A destroying agency; a cause of ruin or of devastation; a
        destroyer.
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              The destruction that wasteth at noonday. --Ps. xci.
                                                    6.
  
     Syn: Demolition; subversion; overthrow; desolation;
          extirpation; extinction; devastation; downfall;
          extermination; havoc; ruin.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  destruction
      n 1: the termination of something by causing so much damage to
           it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists [syn:
           destruction, devastation]
      2: an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys
         something [syn: destruction, demolition, wipeout]
      3: a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called
         glorious experiment came to an inglorious end" [syn: end,
         destruction, death]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  173 Moby Thesaurus words for "destruction":
     Waterloo, abomination, abscission, amputation, annihilation,
     assassination, atrocity, bad, bane, bankruptcy, beating,
     befoulment, bereavement, blight, blood, bloodletting, bloodshed,
     braining, breakage, breakdown, breaking down, breaking up, breakup,
     collapse, confusion, conquering, conquest, corruption, cost,
     crack-up, crash, crippling, crying evil, damage, dead loss,
     dealing death, deathblow, debacle, debit, defeat, defilement,
     demolition, denial, denudation, deprivation, despoilment,
     despoliation, destroyer, destruction of life, detriment,
     devastation, dilapidation, disablement, dispatch, dispossession,
     disrepair, divestment, downfall, drubbing, elimination,
     encroachment, end, eradication, euthanasia, evil, excision,
     exclusion, execution, expense, extermination, extinction,
     extirpation, failure, fall, flow of blood, forfeit, forfeiture,
     genocide, gore, grievance, harm, havoc, hiding, hobbling,
     holocaust, hurt, hurting, ill, immolation, impairment,
     incapacitation, infection, infringement, injury, inroad, kill,
     killing, lambasting, lapidation, lathering, laying waste, licking,
     liquidation, loser, losing, losing streak, loss, maiming,
     martyrdom, martyrization, massacre, mastery, mayhem, mercy killing,
     mischief, murder, mutilation, outrage, overcoming, overthrow,
     overturn, perdition, poison, poisoning, pollution, privation,
     putting away, quietus, ravagement, razing, rescission,
     ritual killing, ritual murder, robbery, ruin, ruination, ruining,
     ruinousness, sabotage, sacrifice, scathe, shooting, sickening,
     slaughter, slaying, smash, spoiling, spoliation, stoning,
     stripping, subdual, subduing, subjugation, taking away,
     taking of life, tearing down, termination, the worst, thrashing,
     total loss, toxin, trimming, trouncing, undoing, vanquishment,
     venom, vexation, weakening, whipping, wiping out, woe, wrecking,
     wrong
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Destruction
     in Job 26:6, 28:22 (Heb. abaddon) is sheol, the realm of the
     dead.
     

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