destroy etymology

English word destroy comes from Latin struo, Latin de- (De-.)

Detailed word origin of destroy

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
struo Latin (lat) I compose, construct, build. I place, arrange. I ready, prepare.
de- Latin (lat) De-.
destruere Latin (lat)
*destrugō Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
*destrugere Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
destruire Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To destroy.
destroyen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) To destroy.
destroy English (eng) (colloquial, transitive) To defeat soundly.. (computing, transitive) To remove data.. (intransitive) To cause destruction.. (transitive) To neutralize, undo a property or condition.. (transitive) To put down or euthanize.. (transitive) To severely disrupt the well-being of (a person); ruin.. (transitive) To damage beyond use or repair..

Words with the same origin as destroy

Descendants of struo
construct construction destroying destruction instruct instruction instructor instrumental obstruction reconstruct reconstruction
Descendants of de-
debt decide decision delicate delicious demand deny deputy describe description desert deserve design designed desire desperate despite dessert detective dick due duty still