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decimation

[ des-uh-meyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF decimation

Synonyms for decimation

  • assassination
  • bloodbath
  • bloodshed
  • carnage
  • extermination
  • genocide
  • murder
  • slaughter
  • slaying
  • annihilation
  • butchery
  • internecion
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They, too, feared another insurrection and a second decimation.

Was this the case with even a decimation of the army who rushed to defend Washington?

What is our compensation for the decimation of our young men?

The Texans in their escape and conflicts had lost five men, and Santa Anna demanded the decimation of the rest.

Then the figure-four trap springs up in the hedgerow and the sedge while the work of decimation goes more rapidly along.

The Shirt-tail battalion and the bluegrass battalion stood in peril of decimation in their maiden engagement.

At last he shall flourish for a little time, but the decimation of Neustria shall hurt him.

Followed by decimation of tribes by toleration of the whisky trade and the conveyance of loathsome disease.

Are no brave soldiers beaten to death with rods when a routed army is punished by decimation?

Emigration was, in their eyes, a more tedious and costly process for the decimation of Irish Catholics.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from Late Latin decimationem (nominative decimatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin decimare "the removal or destruction of one-tenth," from decem "ten" (see ten). Earliest sense in English was of a tithe; punishment sense is from 1580s; transferred sense of "much destruction, severe loss" recorded from 1680s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DECIMATION

annihilation

nounutter destruction.
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