Senses of decimate other than "to reduce by one in ten" are occasionally proscribed but "to devastate" has now become the more common usage. Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary. English Wikipedia has an article on: decimation Roman army. Roman history: to kill one out of ten men. Finnish: alentaa resoluutiota. The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. Categories : English terms borrowed from Latin English terms derived from Latin English 3-syllable words English terms with IPA pronunciation English lemmas English verbs English terms with archaic senses English terms with historical senses English terms with quotations English terms with obsolete senses English terms with rare senses English disputed terms en:Computer graphics English nouns English countable nouns English words prefixed with deci- en:Ten Italian non-lemma forms Italian verb forms Italian past participle forms Latin non-lemma forms Latin verb forms.
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And now, the plan is not only to decimate public-sector unions, but all unions—to deplete the money they can spend on politics. And, from the south, chronic wasting disease is poised to decimate the elk herds. When we decimate the funding for hospital preparedness, we put ourselves in great peril. Instead we must decimate the mid-level leadership ISIS relies on. This was an ominous hint that he intended to decimate them, after the fashion of Field-Marshal Liposcak.
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To save this word, you'll need to log in. The connection between decimate and the number ten harks back to a brutal practice of the army of ancient Rome. A unit that was guilty of a severe crime such as mutiny was punished by selecting and executing one-tenth of its soldiers, thereby scaring the remaining nine-tenths into obedience. It's no surprise that the word for this practice came from Latin decem, meaning "ten. In its extended uses decimate strayed from its "tenth" meaning and nowadays refers to the act of destroying or hurting something in great numbers. Examples of decimate in a Sentence This kind of moth is responsible for decimating thousands of trees in our town. Budget cuts have decimated public services in small towns. Recent Examples on the Web Not only did the song decimate the Billboard charts and go six-times platinum. Now they have until mid-September to find the nests. Postal Service is a blunt instrument of disenfranchisement.
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