destructive

destructive
I
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Unfavorable]
Syn. adverse, negative, not constructive; see unfavorable 2 .
2. [Destroying]
Syn. ruinous, noxious, baneful, pestiferous, noisome, cancerous, fatal, deleterious, pestilential, catastrophic, calamitous, disastrous, productive of serious evil, cataclysmal, eradicative, fell, demolitionary, devastating, dire, lethal, extirpative, internecine, mortal, mischievous, detrimental, annihilative, hurtful, harmful, arsonistic, conflagrative, subversive, incendiary, murderous, disruptive, suicidal, evil, injurious, venomous, pernicious, toxic, baleful, disintegrative, corrosive, corroding, erosive, eroding, damaging; see also deadly 1 , harmful , poisonous .
Ant. helpful*, curative, life-saving.
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
injurious, pernicious, harmful, ravaging, ruinous, catastrophic, fatal, damaging, deleterious, disastrous, malevolent, noxious.
ANT.: creative, constructive, preserving
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Causing ruin or destruction: calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, disastrous, fatal, fateful, ruinous. See HELP. 2. Having the capability or effect of damaging irreparably: pernicious, ruinous. See HELP.

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