verb (used with object), dec·i·mat·ed, dec·i·mat·ing.
Origin of decimate
Examples from the Web for decimated
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
British Dictionary definitions for decimated
Word Origin for decimate
Word Origin and History for decimated
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.