- 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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Related Words for annihilatedexterminate, liquidate, obliterate, decimate, demolish, crush, quell, negate, extinguish, raze, eradicate, quash, murder, annul, invalidate, ruin, massacre, undo, abolish, nullify
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Historical Examples of annihilated
I desire, I implore to be crushed, to be annihilated by your vengeance!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
But even here, where distinction seems most annihilated, it yet remains.Imogen
It was not sufficient that he should kill that one with a knife-thrust, it must be annihilated.His Masterpiece
My will was annihilated; not a fiber of flesh obeyed my bidding.
Stop the rotation, and the atom would be annihilated for the same reason.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
- (tr) to destroy completely; extinguish
- (tr) informal to defeat totally, as in debate or argument
- (intr) physics to undergo annihilation
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.