decapitate

[dih-kap-i-teyt]
verb (used with object), decapitated, decapitating.
to cut off the head of; behead: Many people were decapitated during the French revolution.

Origin:
1605–15; < Late Latin dēcapitātus, past participle of dēcapitāre, equivalent to dē- de- + capit- (stem of caput) head + -ātus -ate

decapitation, noun
decapitator, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To decapitate
Collins
World English Dictionary
decapitate (dɪˈkæpɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to behead
 
[C17: from Late Latin dēcapitāre, from Latin de- + caput head]
 
decapi'tation
 
n
 
de'capitator
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

decapitate
1610s, from Fr. decapiter, from L.L. decapitatus pp. of decapitare, from L. de- "off" + caput (gen. capitis) "head" (see head).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
So he, and his little followers, tried their best to decapitate the government.
Hangings are designed to break the neck, choke or decapitate.
He discovered that these parasites decapitate fire ant workers and then pupate
  in their heads.
In the top row, deities decapitate and punish other enemies.
Related Words
Synonyms
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature