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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.
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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Examples from the web for decapitated
  • 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


(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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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