Definition of Laying waste

1. Noun. Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined.

Exact synonyms: Ruin, Ruination, Ruining, Wrecking
Generic synonyms: Destruction, Devastation
Derivative terms: Ruin, Ruin, Ruin, Ruin, Ruin, Wreck



Definition of Laying waste

1. Verb. (present participle of lay waste) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Laying Waste

layettes
layin
layin'
laying
laying bare
laying claim
laying down
laying off
laying on
laying on of hands
laying open
laying out
laying over
laying siege
laying up
laying waste (current term)
layings
layins
layland
laylock
laylocks
layman
laymen
layn
layoff
layoffs
layout
layouts
layover
layovers

Literary usage of Laying waste

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1. Elements of International Law by Henry Wheaton (1866)
"own frontier secured, or if the approaches to a town intended to be attacked cannot be made without laying waste the intermediate territory, ..."

2. The Miscellaneous Works of the Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh: Three by James Mackintosh (1848)
"... suppose me Jacobins to be the name of some Tartar horde, who, after laying waste France for ten years, were at last expelled by the native inhabitants. ..."

3. The Grecian History: From the Earliest State to the Death of Alexander the Great by Oliver Goldsmith (1828)
"... being overawed themselves by a powerful army of Syracusans, who ^ere laying waste their country. The Tyrians, therefore, frustrated in their hopes, ..."

4. History of the Second War Between the United States of America and Great by Charles Jared Ingersoll (1852)
"... greatest violence, laying waste the plantation, beating down Napoleon's favorite willow, the one only solitary green tree left standing by the storm, ..."

5. The Ecclesiastical History of England and Normandy by Ordericus Vitalis, Léopold Delisle, Guizot (François) (1854)
"Among the prisoners were several noble lords of castles who,possessed of large domains, held a high rank among the barons of their and laying waste the ..."

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