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Decimate   /dˈɛsəmˌeɪt/   Listen
Decimate

verb
(past & past part. decimated; pres. part. decimating)
1.
Kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies.
2.
Kill in large numbers.  Synonyms: annihilate, carry off, eliminate, eradicate, extinguish, wipe out.






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"Decimate" Quotes from Famous Books



... and remember all the family anniversaries. It is by attention to such small details as this that a man may purchase immunity in larger and more important matters. I know this is most immoral, but it makes the wife happy, the husband comfortable, and would go far to decimate the divorce rate, so what ...
— An American Suffragette • Isaac N. Stevens



Words linked to "Decimate" :   decimation, extinguish, kill



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