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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot).

Usage examples (35)
  • In the United States we have watched the long term decimation of the manufacturing sector and a transition to a "service" economy.
  • I mean, it was... interesting, I suppose, but it smacked of imposing our own modern notions of "decimation" onto a Roman practice.
  • The St. Petersburg Times reported an absolute "decimation" of the game fish population with recent record-breaking cold temperatures.
  • The "decimation" which the MP for Copeland refers to exists only in his overactive imagination. for more
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