In Texas, the grave consequences of the decimation of state family-planning funds in 2011 are already evident.
But the site has seen little of the decimation from heavy tourism that has plagued the northern pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Nearly every regiment of cavalry which had participated in the misfortunes of the campaign, had suffered a like decimation.
Was this the case with even a decimation of the army who rushed to defend Washington?
It is only because of the large families that they rear, that they are able to withstand this yearly decimation of their ranks.
What is our compensation for the decimation of our young men?
The elections of 1821 completed the decimation of the weak battalion which still endeavoured to stand firm round tottering power.
The Texans in their escape and conflicts had lost five men, and Santa Anna demanded the decimation of the rest.
During the daily decimation of the people's lives, he thought a daily decimation of their industry possible.
The Shirt-tail battalion and the bluegrass battalion stood in peril of decimation in their maiden engagement.
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.
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.