To Ruin a woman of her honour, or (what is worse to many of them) of the reputation of it.
Terrible as this word sounds, there are of them, who would look on no unhappiness so great, as that of having no reason ever to fear it would be attempted.
Do you want to ruin me? is a phrase of capitulation: a kind of dying speech of a virtue, just going to be turned off.
Entry omitted. A Dictionary of Love (1777)
A Dictionary of Love (1795)