decimation decimation  /ˈdɛ sə ˌmeɪ ʃən/


  • (n) destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)


  1. Demand for jean decimation is growing so fast that International Garment Finish is building a second factory in Mexico.
  2. This election may provide a historic completion to the sordid business of ideological realignment that began with the decimation of the Democratic Party in the South.
  3. A more telling strike against Summers is his personal involvement in the decimation of Harvard's endowment.


  1. Former Florida Rep. Tells Conservative Crowd to Visit 'Black Neighborhoods' in D.C.

    West told conservatives, "See the decimation of progressive socialism and polices that have broken down the family unit in what used to be the strongest family community in this country." [ more › ]
    on June 15, 2013     Source: DCist

  2. Allen West tells conservatives to visit black neighborhoods in D.C.

    The former congressman wants a mostly elderly and white crowd to witness the "decimation" firsthand        
    on June 14, 2013     Source:


  1. "Having a Southern Ocean free of whaling has long been a dream of New Zealand's, but we need to ensure the price paid to move towards this does not allow the decimation of whales in other regions. There needs to be ongoing scientific studies of...
    on Jan 26, 2009 By: Stephanie Chadwick Source: (press release)

  2. "As an example, we will probably go from eight hours down of drama ever week to seven hours," Mr Grade said. "It's hardly a decimation of drama on ITV. We're moving our money from off-peak to peak time. There is an adjustment of the mix....
    on Mar 4, 2009 By: Michael Grade Source:

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