decimate
[ des-uh-meyt ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Late middle English From Latin decimat- ‘taken as a tenth’, from the verb decimare, from decimus ‘tenth’. In Middle English the term decimation denoted the levying of a tithe, and later the tax imposed by Cromwell on the Royalists.
Synonyms
  • annihilate
  • obliterate
  • destroy
Antonyms
  • build
  • create
Definition
to destroy a great number or proportion of
Example
The controlled implosion to remove the old buildings is strong enough to decimate three city blocks.
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