verb (used with object), dec·i·mat·ed, dec·i·mat·ing.
Origin of decimate
Examples from the Web for decimate
And now, the plan is not only to decimate public-sector unions, but all unions—to deplete the money they can spend on politics.The Next Phase of the Koch Brothers’ War on Unions|Carl Deal and Tia Lessin|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, from the south, chronic wasting disease is poised to decimate the elk herds.
When we decimate the funding for hospital preparedness, we put ourselves in great peril.
Instead we must decimate the mid-level leadership ISIS relies on.
One set of officials advocated for a campaign to decimate ISIS in both countries by striking ISIS targets across Syria.Why Obama Backed Off More ISIS Strikes: His Own Team Couldn’t Agree on a Syria Strategy|Josh Rogin, Eli Lake|August 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was an ominous hint that he intended to decimate them, after the fashion of Field-Marshal Liposcak.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1|Henry Baerlein
But Mr. Downing saw in his attack the beginnings of some deadly scourge which would sweep through and decimate the house.Mike|P. G. Wodehouse
They had, therefore, no fear that the Hungarians could scale the walls and decimate their scanty band.The Strong Arm|Robert Barr
Pennant had previously noticed how spring fever used to decimate the west coast.Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire|John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
Suddenly a terrible plague broke out in the city, and threatened to decimate the population.
British Dictionary definitions for decimate
Word Origin for decimate
Word Origin and History for decimate
c.1600, in reference to the practice of punishing mutinous military units by capital execution of one in every 10, by lot; from Latin decimatus, past participle of decimare (see decimation). Killing one in ten, chosen by lots, from a rebellious city or a mutinous army was a common punishment in classical times. The word has been used (incorrectly, to the irritation of pedants) since 1660s for "destroy a large portion of." Related: Decimated; decimating.