verb (used with object), de·cap·i·tat·ed, de·cap·i·tat·ing.
Origin of decapitate
Related formsde·cap·i·ta·tion, nounde·cap·i·ta·tor, noun
Examples from the Web for 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|Margot Kiser|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last night, after the decapitation, rioters clashed with police again.Welcome to Woolwich, Where English Terrorists Say Sorry While They Murder|Peter Pomerantsev|May 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Herritt|November 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But we can extrapolate from previous experience that decapitation does incentivize Hamas to ease up on its attacks.
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|Peter Beinart|June 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes, in cases of capital punishment, decapitation was performed by degrees!The Pirate City|R.M. Ballantyne
He was caught and court-martialed and forced to witness the decapitation of his best friend who had tried to help him.The Story of Mankind|Hendrik Van Loon
The said bard likewise brought away the head of Urien in his mantle, after his decapitation by the sword of an assassin.On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire|Charles Hardwick
Decapitation was carried out in various ways according to social position.
He must in such case be mastered and prevented doing further harm by decapitation and thigh-forking, or by staking and burning.The Danish History, Books I-IX|Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")