verb (used with object), dec·i·mat·ed, dec·i·mat·ing.
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Origin of decimate
historical usage of decimate
OTHER WORDS FROM decimatedec·i·ma·tion, noundec·i·ma·tor, noun
Example sentences from the Web for decimate
“Afterland,” by Lauren BeukesAfter a pandemic nearly decimates the world’s male population, a mother and son go on the run in a hot-wired car, fleeing a government that wants to imprison them and a relative set on exploiting them.
While the coronavirus has decimated the aviation industry, it may also serve to drown out media scrutiny of the Max’s return, said Spud Hilton, a former travel editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.The Boeing 737 Max faces an even tougher hurdle now: passenger fear|kdunn6|November 19, 2020|Fortune
That business ground to a halt in the second quarter, as the pandemic decimated its biggest clients, travel and tourism companies.Shares in Google’s parent soar 6% on ad sales rebound|Verne Kopytoff|October 29, 2020|Fortune
In its most recent quarter, despite a pandemic that decimated most clothing sales, revenue rose 2% year-over-year as consumers have continued to snap up its pricey wares.Lululemon announces expanded size range and sustainable fabrics in new good citizenship push|Phil Wahba|October 28, 2020|Fortune
The travel industry has been decimated by the pandemic, as governments worldwide implement strict lockdown measures to prevent contagion.An all-you-can-fly pass? One airline says the model meets the demands of COVID-era travel|eamonbarrett|October 27, 2020|Fortune
Bentivolio noted that “at the end, [the British] did make it but they were decimated.”
Hell, it worked for Tokyo in the 20th—after that city was decimated by Allied bombers, it was basically one big slum.
The earth has been decimated by climate change, stranding what remains of humanity on a train.
“I am a little surprised they did not think the networks were decimated in 2012,” he said.
“A lot of their networks are decimated at this point,” one U.S. intelligence official said.
All kinds of calamities overspread the earth and decimated the race,--war, pestilence, and famine.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV|John Lord
He introduced into that assembly, decimated during the civil wars, three hundred knights.History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2|Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
The Cardinal-Archbishop of Lyons had to enlist laymen to fill the gaps in his decimated clergy.Vanished Halls and Cathedrals of France|George Warton Edwards
Though hardy and long-lived, they are uncleanly in their habits and often decimated by small-pox and Siberian plague.
Another company was decimated, and fortunately the colonel was among the casualties.John Brown|Captain R. W. Campbell