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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Annihilate  \An*ni"hi*late\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Annihilated}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Annihilating}.]  [L.  annihilare  ad  + 
  nihilum  nihil,  nothing,  ne  hilum  (filum)  not  a  thread, 
  nothing  at  all  Cf  {File},  a  row.] 
  1.  To  reduce  to  nothing  or  nonexistence;  to  destroy  the 
  existence  of  to  cause  to  cease  to  be 
 
  It  impossible  for  any  body  to  be  utterly 
  annihilated.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  To  destroy  the  form  or  peculiar  distinctive  properties  of 
  so  that  the  specific  thing  no  longer  exists;  as  to 
  annihilate  a  forest  by  cutting  down  the  trees.  ``To 
  annihilate  the  army.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  To  destroy  or  eradicate,  as  a  property  or  attribute  of  a 
  thing  to  make  of  no  effect;  to  destroy  the  force,  etc., 
  of  as  to  annihilate  an  argument,  law,  rights,  goodness. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  annihilating 
  adj  1:  wreaking  or  capable  of  wreaking  complete  destruction; 
  "possessing  annihilative  power";  "a  devastating 
  hurricane";  "the  guns  opened  a  withering  fire"  [syn:  {annihilative}, 
  {devastating},  {withering}] 
  2:  making  light  of  "afire  with  annihilating  invective";  "a 
  devastating  portrait  of  human  folly";  "to  compliments 
  inflated  I've  a  withering  reply"-  W.S.Gilbert  [syn:  {devastating}, 
  {withering}] 




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