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decapitate

[dih-kap-i-teyt] /dɪˈkæp ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), decapitated, decapitating.
1.
to cut off the head of; behead:
Many people were decapitated during the French Revolution.
Origin
1605-1615
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
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British Dictionary definitions for decapitate

decapitate

/dɪˈkæpɪˌteɪt/
verb
1.
(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
v.

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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