decimate decimate  /ˈdɛ sə ˌmeɪt/


  1. (v) kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
  2. (v) kill in large numbers


  • During the World Wars an entire generation of young people were decimated.


  1. Letter: Farmworker bill harms local farms

    It was with great frustration that I read The News editorial expressing support for the farm labor bill that could decimate New York agriculture as we know it.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Buffalo News

  2. Baseball bats made of ash thrown a curve (Part I of II)

    The emerald ash borer, an invasive species expected to decimate native ash trees throughout North America, arrived in southwestern Otsego County in May. Cooperstown, the home of baseball, sits in the same county about 30 miles northeast. Of the 1,935 bats in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection, 1,848 are ash.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Observer-Dispatch


  1. "This initiative sponsored by greedy Texas oil companies would cripple California's fastest-growing economic sector, reverse our renewable energy policy and decimate our environmental progress for the benefit of these oil companies' profit...
    on Jun 22, 2010 By: Arnold Schwarzenegger Source: The Associated Press

  2. Thompson said the administration's budget proposal would "decimate funding for key homeland security programs" and leave the nation both vulnerable to another attack and grossly unprepared to respond to natural disasters.
    on Feb 9, 2007 By: Bennie Thompson Source: Washington Post

  3. "It would decimate public education, public health, public safety," Perata said. "It's an irresponsible action taken in the dark of night without any debate."
    on Jul 21, 2007 By: Don Perata Source: San Jose Mercury News

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