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
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decapitate (dɪˈkæpɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to behead
 
[C17: from Late Latin dēcapitāre, from Latin de- + caput head]
 
decapi'tation
 
n
 
de'capitator
 
n

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decapitate
1610s, from Fr. decapiter, from L.L. decapitatus pp. of decapitare, from L. de- "off" + caput (gen. capitis) "head" (see head).
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Example sentences
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.
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