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READING  メツ、ほろ-びる、ほろ-ぼす
MEANING  destroy
JLPT level N1 (full info & stroke order)
 
Words/compounds
ぜつめつ
destruction, extinction
ふめつ
immortal, undying, indestructible
しょうめつ
lapse, annihilation (physics), extinguishment, termination (e.g. of legal representation), vanishing
めつぼう
downfall, ruin, collapse, destruction
めった
thoughtless, reckless, seldom (neg. verb), careless
 
Example sentences
絶滅
剣歯虎が絶滅したのは氷河時代であった。
It was during the ice age that the saber-toothed tiger became extinct.
 
絶滅の危機に瀕した海洋生物を保護する為に募金が設立された。
A fund was set up to preserve endangered marine life.
不滅
彼は不滅の栄冠を得た。
He was crowned with eternal victory.
 
彼らは霊魂が不滅だと信じている。
They believe that the soul is immortal.
消滅
破壊の結果、毎日50種類もの野生の動植物が消滅していると見積もられている。
It has been estimated that, as a result of the destruction, fifty species of wildlife are disappearing from the earth each day.
 
万一太陽が消滅したら、あらゆる生き物が死ぬだろう。
If the sun were to go out, all living things would die.
滅亡
滅亡の危機に瀕した地球を守ろうと、ある基金が設立された。
A fund was set up with a view to preserving our endured planet.
 
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