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1. decimation

noun. ['ˈdɛsəˌmeɪʃən'] destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot).

Synonyms

  • devastation

Etymology

  • decimatio (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Decimation

  • abbreviation
  • abdication
  • abduction
  • abduction
  • aberration
  • abolition
  • abomination
  • abortion
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  • absolution
  • absorption
  • absorption
  • abstraction
  • acceleration
  • accession
  • acclamation
  • acclimation
  • accommodation
  • accreditation
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Example sentences of the word decimation


1. Noun, singular or mass
The decimation of the buffalo population by white settlers completely disrupted the way of life of the Plains Indians.

Quotes containing the word decimation


1. Why do humans exist? A major part of the answer: because Pikaia Gracilens survived the Burgess decimation.
- Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

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