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annihilation

[uh-nahy-uh-ley-shuh n] /əˌnaɪ əˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of annihilating, or of completely destroying or defeating someone or something:
the brutal annihilation of millions of people.
2.
the state of being annihilated; total destruction; extinction:
fear of nuclear annihilation.
3.
Physics.
  1. Also called pair annihilation. the process in which a particle and antiparticle unite, annihilate each other, and produce one or more photons.
    Compare positronium.
  2. the conversion of rest mass into energy in the form of electromagnetic radiation.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; (< F) < Late Latin annihilātiōn- (stem of annihilātiō). See annihilate, -ion
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Word Origin and History for annihilations
annihilation
1630s, from Fr. annihilation, restored from O.Fr. anichilacion (14c.), from L.L. annihilare (see annihilate).
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