verb (used with object), de·cap·i·tat·ed, de·cap·i·tat·ing.
Origin of decapitate
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")
British Dictionary definitions for decapitation
Word Origin for decapitate
Word Origin and History for decapitation (1 of 2)
1640s, from French décapitation, from Medieval Latin decapitationem (nominative decapitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin decapitare (see decapitate).