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Pronunciation:  u'nIu`leyt

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[v]  kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire population"

ANNIHILATE is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: carry off, decimate, eliminate, eradicate, extinguish, wipe out
 See Also: kill



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \An*ni"hi*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Annihilated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Annihilating}.] [L. annihilare; ad +
    nihilum, nihil, nothing, ne hilum (filum) not a thread,
    nothing at all. Cf. {File}, a row.]
    1. To reduce to nothing or nonexistence; to destroy the
       existence of; to cause to cease to be.
             It impossible for any body to be utterly
             annihilated.                          --Bacon.
    2. To destroy the form or peculiar distinctive properties of,
       so that the specific thing no longer exists; as, to
       annihilate a forest by cutting down the trees. ``To
       annihilate the army.'' --Macaulay.
    3. To destroy or eradicate, as a property or attribute of a
       thing; to make of no effect; to destroy the force, etc.,
       of; as, to annihilate an argument, law, rights, goodness.
  2. \An*ni"hi*late\ (an*n[imac]"h[i^]*l[asl]t), a.
    Annihilated. [Archaic] --Swift.
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