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1-To remember something vividly by destroying it completely.
2- To keep something only after destroying it.
"At 250,000 miles, all we had left of that truck was it's preservation through destruction."

"After the apocalypse, it was said that cities were to be remembered by their preservation through destruction."
by Mike Losquadro November 05, 2006

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