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[uh-nahy-uh-leyt] /əˈnaɪ əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), annihilated, annihilating.
to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly:
The heavy bombing almost annihilated the city.
to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out:
to annihilate an army.
to annul; make void:
to annihilate a law.
to cancel the effect of; nullify.
to defeat completely; vanquish:
Our basketball team annihilated the visiting team.
Origin of annihilate
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)
Related forms
[uh-nahy-uh-ley-tiv, ‐uh-luh‐] /əˈnaɪ əˌleɪ tɪv, ‐ə lə‐/ (Show IPA),
[uh-nahy-uh-luh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] /əˈnaɪ ə ləˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
unannihilated, adjective
unannihilative, adjective
unannihilatory, adjective
1. ravage, devastate, desolate. 1, 2. smash, obliterate, demolish. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for annihilated
  • The lines between garish kitsch and substantive reality have been annihilated.
  • Yet somehow, as the cosmos cooled, matter was not completely annihilated.
  • Most of the company's trading floor there was annihilated.
  • Before long, seemingly without effort, he has annihilated his foe.
  • No one is morally annihilated in this brilliant book.
  • The tiger is only one of the many beautiful creatures that is being annihilated.
  • It's annihilated organic growers who can't use pesticides.
  • Humor, gallows or otherwise, has apparently been annihilated along with the bulk of humanity.
  • They also stuff ducks for a living, however, as they wait patiently to be annihilated every week.
  • In the tiny space, antimatter and matter collided and annihilated, turning into pure energy.
British Dictionary definitions for annihilated


(transitive) to destroy completely; extinguish
(transitive) (informal) to defeat totally, as in debate or argument
(intransitive) (physics) to undergo annihilation
Derived Forms
annihilable (əˈnaɪələbəl) adjective
annihilative, adjective
annihilator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin annihilāre to bring to nothing, from Latin nihil nothing
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Word Origin and History for annihilated



1520s, from an obsolete adjective meaning "reduced to nothing" (late 14c.), originally the past participle of a verb, anihil, from Old French annichiler (14c.), from Late Latin annihilare "to reduce to nothing," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + nihil "nothing" (see nil). Related: Annihilated; annihilating.

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Slang definitions & phrases for annihilated



Very drunk or drugged: After such a bad week, she just wanted to get annihilated

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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