verb (used with object), dec·i·mat·ed, dec·i·mat·ing.
Words nearby decimate
Origin of decimate
OTHER WORDS FROM decimatedec·i·ma·tion, noundec·i·ma·tor, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH decimatedecimal decimatedecimate destroy (see usage note at the current entry)
usage note for decimate
Examples from the Web for decimation
But the site has seen little of the decimation from heavy tourism that has plagued the northern pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
In Texas, the grave consequences of the decimation of state family-planning funds in 2011 are already evident.Isabel Allende: How a Mysterious Baby Girl Sparked My Fight for Women|Isabel Allende|October 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
During the daily decimation of the people's lives, he thought a daily decimation of their industry possible.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74|John Lothrop Motley
The Shirt-tail battalion and the bluegrass battalion stood in peril of decimation in their maiden engagement.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
Then the figure-four trap springs up in the hedgerow and the sedge while the work of decimation goes more rapidly along.Our Vanishing Wild Life|William T. Hornaday
What is our compensation for the decimation of our young men?
This would make the loss over eleven per cent., and so worse than decimation.Andersonville, Volume 2|John McElroy