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decimation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decimation  \Dec`i*ma"tion\,  n.  [L.  decimatio:  cf  F. 
  d['e]cimation.] 
  1.  A  tithing.  [Obs.]  --State  Trials  (1630). 
 
  2.  A  selection  of  every  tenth  person  by  lot  as  for 
  punishment.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  The  destruction  of  any  large  proportion,  as  of  people  by 
  pestilence  or  war.  --Milman. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decimation 
  n  :  destroying  or  killing  a  great  proportion  of  the  population 
  (literally  every  tenth  person) 




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