- to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly: The heavy bombing almost annihilated the city.
- to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out: to annihilate an army.
- to annul; make void: to annihilate a law.
- to cancel the effect of; nullify.
- to defeat completely; vanquish: Our basketball team annihilated the visiting team.
Origin of annihilate
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Examples from the Web for annihilate
The J in its name actually stands for Jian—annihilate, eliminate.Beijing's New Stealth Jet: Made in China
November 16, 2014
“Thirty minutes alone with a man is enough for him to annihilate you,” she remarks, knowingly.Meet The Former Call Girl Saving Hookers For Jesus
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
July 13, 2014
Finally there was the atomic bomb (and the Cold War it created): machine threatened to annihilate all of mankind.How ‘Her’ Gets the Future Right
December 21, 2013
He then went on to compare us to Amalek, the Biblical nation that God commands the Jews to annihilate.A Confession on the Ninth of Av
July 15, 2013
The consequences of the repeated failed attempts to annihilate Israel should and will be reflected in the final status.Excitement Over Land Swaps Is Misplaced
May 7, 2013
Our presence bestows not being on it: our absence does not annihilate it.
She can create and annihilate, and dispose at pleasure her woods, her rocks, and her rivers.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
At such times, Mr. Quinn felt as if he could annihilate an Englishman.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
He tried to close his senses, to subdue and annihilate them.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Nothing is more difficult than to expose or annihilate a falsehood.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
- (tr) to destroy completely; extinguish
- (tr) informal to defeat totally, as in debate or argument
- (intr) physics to undergo annihilation
Word Origin and History for annihilate
1520s, from an obsolete adjective meaning "reduced to nothing" (late 14c.), originally the past participle of a verb, anihil, from Old French annichiler (14c.), from Late Latin annihilare "to reduce to nothing," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + nihil "nothing" (see nil). Related: Annihilated; annihilating.