Definition Of decimate


kill one in every ten of (a group of soldiers or others) as a punishment for the whole group.

Augustus firmly imposed his discipline on his men: he once dismissed an entire legion in disgrace, and didn't hesitate to decimate troops who would give in to the enemy.

kill, destroy, or remove a large percentage or part of.

the project would decimate the fragile wetland wilderness

Example Of decimate

  • A huge Scots army was decimated , thousands killed, enslaved, or exiled.

  • A lot of the bird species here, particularly the migratory waders, have been decimated .

  • A University of Sydney researcher is claiming up to a third of our snake species could be decimated .

  • All the hand-wringing last week about Ireland's lack of competitiveness and the decimation of the country's industrial base reinforces the need for a dynamic tourism department.

  • At the same time some of the native species that were decimated by the Nile Perch, or were even thought extinct, were coming back.

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