verb (used with object), de·cap·i·tat·ed, de·cap·i·tat·ing.
Origin of decapitate
Examples from the Web for decapitate
They decapitate those men deemed foes of their faith and celebrate the gore online, holding up the severed heads.
Maybe the Republicans will attempt to decapitate the federal government by leaving it without major cabinet officials.
The plane stopped a good hundred meters from where we are standing but it looks like it is going to decapitate us.‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’: Oscar Nominees Gary Oldman and Peter Straughan|Lorenza Muñoz|February 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
During the run-up to that war, the world was assured it would be a quick, painless fight intended only to decapitate the regime.
The censor can decapitate ideas which but for him might have lived forever.Pieces of Hate|Heywood Broun
When one of them is killed, rather than allow the enemy to take his head, they decapitate him themselves, and bring his head back.Children of Borneo|Edwin Herbert Gomes
The head-ax is a long blade turned at just the proper angle to decapitate the victim scientifically.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia|Paul T. Gilbert
He has allowed the Franks 223 to decapitate me, but for a time only, and as you see me now I am only a phantom.Legends & Romances of Brittany|Lewis Spence
This last is a very unpleasant idea, and helps to decapitate three unoffending primroses.Faith and Unfaith|Duchess
British Dictionary definitions for decapitate
Word Origin for decapitate
Word Origin and History for decapitate
1610s, from French décapiter (14c.), from Late Latin decapitatus past participle of decapitare, from Latin de- "off" (see de-) + caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum). Related: Decapitated; decapitating.