- to cut off the head of; behead: Many people were decapitated during the French Revolution.
Origin of decapitate
Related Words for decapitationhit, hanging, crucifixion, shooting, punishment, strangulation, electrocution, gassing, impalement, decapitation
Examples from the Web for decapitation
Contemporary Examples of decapitation
Al Shabaab “sympathizers” allegedly carried out the beheading and posted a camera-phone video of the decapitation on Facebook.Death Squads in Kenya’s Shadow War on Shabaab Sympathizers
April 6, 2014
Last night, after the decapitation, rioters clashed with police again.Welcome to Woolwich, Where English Terrorists Say Sorry While They Murder
May 23, 2013
Antifragile things, meanwhile, are strengthened by it—just as Hydra grows stronger and more multiheaded with every decapitation.A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed
November 26, 2012
But we can extrapolate from previous experience that decapitation does incentivize Hamas to ease up on its attacks.Do Targeted Killings “Work”?
Brent E. Sasley
November 16, 2012
The Bush administration launched the 2003 Iraq War with a decapitation strike aimed at killing Saddam Hussein.Trying to Kill Bashar al-Assad Not So Radical Given U.S. Security Interests
June 11, 2012
Historical Examples of decapitation
Sometimes, in cases of capital punishment, decapitation was performed by degrees!The Pirate City
It is true this might be done physically after decapitation, but it could not be done morally.The Monikins
J. Fenimore Cooper
The manner of it was decapitation, the instrument a mowing machine.The Fiend's Delight
The price of contumacy was outlawry, and decapitation between the two columns.Venice and its Story
The shocking custom of decapitation owes its origin to superstition.The Human Race
- (tr) to behead
Word Origin for decapitate
Word Origin and History for decapitation
1640s, from French décapitation, from Medieval Latin decapitationem (nominative decapitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin decapitare (see decapitate).
- The removal of a head, as of an animal, a fetus, or a bone.