And to the extent that we have decimated al Qaeda, it has been without war, largely in Pakistan.
In Colorado, he decimated his Republican challenger 87 percent to 10 percent.
We also need real ways to bolster small businesses, many of which have been decimated by the downturn.
This is welcome news to publishers of all types of media, who have been decimated by the Internet's “cult of the free.”
But because of the World Wide Web, there is too much content and not enough filter, and the value of talent has been decimated.
As it was, those who left the plantation were decimated by disease and want.
Quick as lightning he passes; and the dancers are decimated.
He took a parting review of the decimated regiments which had marched so long and fought so well under his command.
A decimated enemy in the first flush of annoyance can be dangerous.
They decimated the companions of my relation Alfred, and put him to death.
c.1600, in reference to the practice of punishing mutinous military units by capital execution of one in every 10, by lot; from Latin decimatus, past participle of decimare (see decimation). Killing one in ten, chosen by lots, from a rebellious city or a mutinous army was a common punishment in classical times. The word has been used (incorrectly, to the irritation of pedants) since 1660s for "destroy a large portion of." Related: Decimated; decimating.