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v. - Kill in large numbers; Kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies.

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  • A single disease or pest could easily decimate the crop of an entire country.
  • The word decimate does not begin to do justice to the tragedy that has befallen the Polish nation.
  • I always flinch when I hear someone use the word decimate to mean "wipe out," as in, "The Sioux deci¬≠mated Custer's men."
  • I nominate 'decimate' as it applies to Man's and Nature's destructive fury and the outcome of sporting contests.
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