- verb to knock something down
- verb to eat something completely
- verb to show that something is completely wrong
- verb to destroy a building or other structure completely, e.g. because it is unsafe or its land is needed for another purpose
- verb to damage something so severely that it cannot be repaired or restored
Origin & History of “demolish”
To demolish something is etymologically to ‘deconstruct’ it. The word comes from demoliss-, the stem of Old French demolir, which in turn came from Latin dēmōlīrī ‘throw down, demolish’. this was a compound verb formed from the prefix dē-, denoting reversal of a previous condition, and mōlīrī, which among other things meant ‘build, construct’. This was a derivative of mōles ‘mass, huge mass, massive structure’ (source of English mole ‘harbour wall’ and molecule).