annihilate

[uh-nahy-uh-leyt]
verb (used with object), annihilated, annihilating.
1.
to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly: The heavy bombing almost annihilated the city.
2.
to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out: to annihilate an army.
3.
to annul; make void: to annihilate a law.
4.
to cancel the effect of; nullify.
5.
to defeat completely; vanquish: Our basketball team annihilated the visiting team.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English adnichilat(e) destroyed < Late Latin annihilātus brought to nothing, annihilated (past participle of annihilāre) (Latin an- an-2 + nihil nothing + -ātus -ate1)

annihilative [uh-nahy-uh-ley-tiv, uh-luh] , annihilatory [uh-nahy-uh-luh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] , adjective
unannihilated, adjective
unannihilative, adjective
unannihilatory, adjective


1. ravage, devastate, desolate. 1, 2. smash, obliterate, demolish.
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annihilate (əˈnaɪəˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to destroy completely; extinguish
2.  informal (tr) to defeat totally, as in debate or argument
3.  (intr) physics to undergo annihilation
 
[C16: from Late Latin annihilāre to bring to nothing, from Latin nihil nothing]
 
annihilable
 
adj
 
an'nihilative
 
adj
 
an'nihilator
 
n

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annihilate
1520s, from an obsolete adj. meaning "reduced to nothing" (late 14c.), originally the pp. of a verb, anihil, from O.Fr. annichiler, from L.L. annihilare "to reduce to nothing," from L. ad- "to" + nihil "nothing" (see nil).
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Example sentences
Each seemed obsessed with but a single thought: to annihilate the other before
  the other annihilated him.
Meanwhile, superhero films strangely hew to a purposeful realism that comics
  regularly annihilate.
Each of the great powers now has enough nuclear weapons to annihilate the human
  race many times over.
Not only do these beauties annihilate glare, they also minimize fog-ups, thanks
  to a series of large vents around the lens.
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