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[dih-kap-i-teyt] /dɪˈkæp ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), decapitated, decapitating.
to cut off the head of; behead:
Many people were decapitated during the French Revolution.
Origin of decapitate
1605-15; < Late Latin dēcapitātus, past participle of dēcapitāre, equivalent to dē- de- + capit- (stem of caput) head + -ātus -ate
Related forms
decapitation, noun
decapitator, noun Unabridged
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  • So he, and his little followers, tried their best to decapitate the government.
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  • He discovered that these parasites decapitate fire ant workers and then pupate in their heads.
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  • They did not bother to decapitate a fallen foe unless it was to make certain that he was dead.
  • It thus appears the statute is a two-edged sword, operating in the case at bar to decapitate any claim of the appellant.
British Dictionary definitions for decapitate


(transitive) to behead
Derived Forms
decapitation, noun
decapitator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin dēcapitāre, from Latin de- + caput head
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Word Origin and History for decapitate

1610s, from French décapiter (14c.), from Late Latin decapitatus past participle of decapitare, from Latin de- "off" (see de-) + caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum). Related: Decapitated; decapitating.

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