- 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 annihilating
Soviet forces had deftly enveloped the German 4th and 9th Armies, annihilating some 28 divisions.Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
Their biggest threat is the Builders, an ancient race of aliens hell-bent on annihilating the human race.Inside Marvel’s Phase 3: How ‘The Avengers’ Cross Paths with Black Panther and the New Superheroes
October 30, 2014
“Missions” essentially consist of annihilating all means of transportation in small, vaguely Middle Eastern/African cities.I Am The Hague! Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendable' Wet Dream
August 18, 2014
In less than sixty seconds he would become the focus of a hidden and annihilating fire from a semicircle of houses.The Real Memorial Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes's Salute To A Momentous American Anniversary
May 26, 2014
When the gamma rays enter the sleeve, they interact with that photon gas, annihilating into electron-positron pairs.We Can Create Matter from Light?!
Matthew R. Francis
May 20, 2014
The kabaka Suna had only taken time to prepare for an annihilating blow.Freeland
At first it was only by a dull sense of their presence, annihilating her own.Audrey Craven
Again and again came that flash of force, annihilating them.When the Sleepers Woke
Arthur Leo Zagat
It would convert a treaty of peace covertly into an act, annihilating the political existence of one of the parties.
The towel is used, also, for the purpose of constructing or annihilating a bridge.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
- (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 annihilating
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.