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decapitate

[ dih-kap-i-teyt ]
/ d瑟藞k忙p 瑟藢te瑟t /
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verb (used with object), de路cap路i路tat路ed, de路cap路i路tat路ing.
to cut off the head of; behead: Many people were decapitated during the French Revolution.
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Origin of decapitate

1605鈥15; <Late Latin d膿capit膩tus, past participle of d膿capit膩re, equivalent to d膿-de- + capit- (stem of caput) head + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM decapitate

de路cap路i路ta路tion, nounde路cap路i路ta路tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decapitate

decapitate
/ (d瑟藞k忙p瑟藢te瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to behead

Derived forms of decapitate

decapitation, noundecapitator, noun

Word Origin for decapitate

C17: from Late Latin d膿capit膩re, from Latin de- + caput head
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