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"Destrozado" is an adjective which is often translated as "ruined", and "destruido" is an adjective which is often translated as "destroyed". Learn more about the difference between "destrozado" and "destruido" below.
destrozado(
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troh
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sah
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doh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (in pieces)
a. ruined
No entiendo cómo cobran tanto la entrada si el casitllo está destrozado y no se ve nada.I don't get how they can charge so much per ticket if the castle is ruined and you can't see anything.
b. smashed
El chapista reemplazó la ventana destrozada de mi coche.The auto body mechanic replaced the smashed window of my car.
c. wrecked
Al ver el coche destrozado, imaginé que todos los pasajeros habrían muerto.Upon seeing the wrecked car, I figured that all the passengers had died.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No pienso comprar ese sillón porque es muy viejo y está destrozado.I don't plan on buying that armchair, because it's very old and is falling apart.
Caminé toda la tarde con botas y tengo los pies destrozados.I walked the entire afternoon in boots and now my feet are killing me.
2. (dispirited)
a. devastated
Los Vallejo están destrozados porque su hijo murió en la guerra.The Vallejos are devastated because their son died during the war.
b. broken (heart)
Mi novio me dejó por mi mejor amiga y me dejó con el corazón destrozado.My boyfriend dumped me for my best friend and left me with a broken heart.
c. shattered
Una infancia de violencia dejó al niño destrozado.A violent childhood left the poor boy shattered.
3. (fatigued)
a. exhausted
¡Vamos a jugar al fútbol! - No puedo; estoy destrozado. Acabo de llegar del gimnasio.Let's go play soccer! - I can't; I'm exhausted. I just came back from the gym.
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destruido(
dehs
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trwee
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ee
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doh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (in pieces)
a. destroyed
Cuando terminó el bombardeo, el francotirador se escondió entre los escombros del edificio destruido.When the air strike ended, the sniper hid among the rubble of a destroyed building.
2. (unfulfilled)
a. shattered
La causa de su depresión fueron los sueños destruidos y la falta de esperanza.The cause of her depression was her shattered dreams and lost hope.
3. (fatigued)
a. exhausted
Necesito dormir la siesta. Estoy destruido porque trabajé todo el día.I need to take a nap. I'm shattered because I worked all day.
4. (dispirited)
a. devastated
Mi hijo está destruido porque su novia lo dejó.My son is devastated because his girlfriend broke up with him.
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