verb (used with object), an·ni·hi·lat·ed, an·ni·hi·lat·ing.
- annie oakley,
- annihilation radiation,
Origin of annihilate
Examples from the Web for annihilated
Every ship, every miniature fort, every man was caught under it—and annihilated.Invaders from the Infinite|John Wood Campbell
If they had been properly directed, we must have been annihilated to a man.
He might gradually be stripped of his authorities by successive resolutions, or annihilated by a single vote.The Federalist Papers|Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
At the close of a victory that had annihilated the fleets of France and Spain, and secured to Britain the empire of the seas.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
By this procedure all possible clew to the physical type of the people is, of course, annihilated at once.
Word Origin 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.