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Synonyms of 'wreck'

(verb) 
Definition
to break, spoil, or destroy completely
Vandals wrecked the garden.
Synonyms
destroy
The building was completely destroyed.
,
break
He fell through the window, breaking the glass.
,
total (slang)
I broke my collar bone and totalled the bike.
,
smash
The authorities were trying to smash a smuggling ring.
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ruin
Roads have been destroyed and crops ruined.
,
devastate
A fire devastated large parts of the castle.
, ,
shatter
Something like that really shatters your confidence.
, ,
demolish
The building is being demolished to make way for a motorway.
,
sabotage
the extremists who are trying to sabotage any chance of peace
,
trash (slang)
Would they trash the place when the party was over?
,
ravage
Drought ravaged the area.
,
dash to pieces
,
kennet (Australian, slang)
,
jeff (Australian, slang)
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to break, spoil, or destroy completely
His life has been wrecked by the tragedy.
Synonyms
spoil
It is important not to let mistakes spoil your life.
,
blow (slang)
Oh you fool! Now you've really blown your chances!
,
ruin
The original decor was all ruined during renovation.
, , ,
undo
Our hopes of a victory were undone by an error from the goalkeeper.
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screw up (informal)
,
cock up (British, slang)
,
fuck up (offensive, taboo, slang)
,
play havoc with
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crool or cruel (Australian, slang)
Opposites
, ,
make possible
(verb) 
Definition
to cause the accidental sinking or destruction of (a ship) at sea
His ship was wrecked off the coast of Ireland.
Synonyms
run aground
, ,
shipwreck
,
run onto the rocks
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(noun) 
Definition
a ship that has been sunk or destroyed at sea
the wreck of a sailing ship
Synonyms
shipwreck
, ,
hulk
I could make out the gutted hulk of the tanker.
,
sunken vessel
(noun) 
a broken man contemplating the wreck of his life
Synonyms
ruin
It is the ruin of society.
, ,
destruction
the extensive destruction caused by the rioters
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overthrow
They were charged with plotting the overthrow of the state.
, , ,
devastation
A huge bomb blast brought devastation to the centre of the city.
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desolation
The army left a trail of desolation in its wake.
Opposites
(noun) 
He was badly injured in a car wreck.
Synonyms
accident
She was involved in a serious car accident last week.
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smash
He was near to death after a car smash.
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pile-up (informal)
a 54-car pile-up

Additional synonyms

in the sense of blow
Definition
to use (an opportunity) ineffectively
Oh you fool! Now you've really blown your chances!
Synonyms
screw up (informal),
mess up,
cock up (British, slang),
fuck up (offensive, taboo, slang),
make a mess of,
foul up,
make a nonsense of (informal),
bodge (informal),
make a pig's ear of (informal),
flub (US, slang),
crool or cruel (Australian, slang),
louse up (slang)
in the sense of break
Definition
the dawn
He fell through the window, breaking the glass.
Synonyms
trash (slang),
smash to smithereens,
shiver (archaic, literary)
in the sense of demolish
Definition
to tear down or break up (buildings)
The building is being demolished to make way for a motorway.
Synonyms
knock down,
trash (slang),
total (slang),
tear down,

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