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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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  • Unfortunate coffee drinkers were decapitated as they sipped.
  • In one experiment, the scientists were able to make decapitated flies leap into the air by triggering escape-response neurons.
  • The old order has been decapitated, but still exerts an undeniable gravitational pull over the entire polity.
  • It was surrounded by a fence on whose pickets appeared to be decapitated human heads.
  • Some of the figures are decapitated, their heads lopped off by looters.
  • The head does not bear a pleased expression, owing to its having been decapitated by the scimitar.
  • They decapitated a hotel that presumed to rear its head a couple of yards above the official sky line.
  • Others were drained of blood, decapitated, or bound tightly and left to be eaten by vultures.
  • Both died with their hands bound, but they were richly adorned and were not decapitated.
  • For another, people are remaining alive even after they're blown up and decapitated, which is insane.
British Dictionary definitions for decapitated

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 decapitated

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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