Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb demolish

3 senses of demolish

Sense 1
demolish, pulverize, pulverise -- (destroy completely; "the wrecking ball demolished the building"; "demolish your enemies"; "pulverize the rebellion before it gets out of hand")
       => destroy, destruct -- (do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house")

Sense 2
crush, smash, demolish -- (humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her")
       => humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase -- (cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss")

Sense 3
demolish, destroy -- (defeat soundly; "The home team demolished the visitors")
       => get the better of, overcome, defeat -- (win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up")

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