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Meaning of DECIMATE

Pronunciation:  'desu`meyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire population"
  2. [v]  kill one in every ten of, as of mutineers in Roman armies

DECIMATE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: annihilate, carry off, eliminate, eradicate, extinguish, wipe out
 See Also: kill



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dec"i*mate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decimated}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Decimating}.] [L. decimatus, p. p. of decimare to
decimate (in senses 1 & 2), fr. decimus tenth. See
1. To take the tenth part of; to tithe. --Johnson.

2. To select by lot and punish with death every tenth man of;
   as, to decimate a regiment as a punishment for mutiny.

3. To destroy a considerable part of; as, to decimate an army
   in battle; to decimate a people by disease.

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