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decimate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decimate  \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 
  {Decimal}.] 
  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. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  To  destroy  a  considerable  part  of  as  to  decimate  an  army 
  in  battle;  to  decimate  a  people  by  disease. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decimate 
  v  :  kill  in  large  numbers;  "the  plague  wiped  out  an  entire 
  population"  [syn:  {eliminate},  {annihilate},  {extinguish}, 
  {eradicate},  {wipe  out},  {carry  off}] 




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