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Meaning of DECIMATION

Pronunciation:  d'esum`eyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
 

DECIMATION is a 10 letter word that starts with D.

 

 See Also: destruction, devastation

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Dec`i*ma"tion\, n. [L. decimatio: cf. F.
d['e]cimation.]
1. A tithing. [Obs.] --State Trials (1630).

2. A selection of every tenth person by lot, as for
   punishment. --Shak.

3. The destruction of any large proportion, as of people by
   pestilence or war. --Milman.

 

 

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