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annihilate

[uh-nahy-uh-leyt]
verb (used with object), annihilated, annihilating.
1.
to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly: The heavy bombing almost annihilated the city.
2.
to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out: to annihilate an army.
3.
to annul; make void: to annihilate a law.
4.
to cancel the effect of; nullify.
5.
to defeat completely; vanquish: Our basketball team annihilated the visiting team.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English adnichilat(e) destroyed < Late Latin annihilātus brought to nothing, annihilated (past participle of annihilāre) (Latin an- an-2 + nihil nothing + -ātus -ate1)

annihilative [uh-nahy-uh-ley-tiv, uh-luh] , annihilatory [uh-nahy-uh-luh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] , adjective
unannihilated, adjective
unannihilative, adjective
unannihilatory, adjective


1. ravage, devastate, desolate. 1, 2. smash, obliterate, demolish.
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annihilate (əˈnaɪəˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to destroy completely; extinguish
2.  informal (tr) to defeat totally, as in debate or argument
3.  (intr) physics to undergo annihilation
 
[C16: from Late Latin annihilāre to bring to nothing, from Latin nihil nothing]
 
annihilable
 
adj
 
an'nihilative
 
adj
 
an'nihilator
 
n

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annihilate
1520s, from an obsolete adj. meaning "reduced to nothing" (late 14c.), originally the pp. of a verb, anihil, from O.Fr. annichiler, from L.L. annihilare "to reduce to nothing," from L. ad- "to" + nihil "nothing" (see nil).
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