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
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.
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