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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Decimate \Dec"i*mate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decimated; p. pr. & vb. n. Decimating.] [L. decimatus, p. p. of decimare to decimate (in senses 1 & 2), fr. decimus tenth. See Decimal.] 1. To take the tenth part of; to tithe. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To select by lot and punish with death every tenth man of; as, to decimate a regiment as a punishment for mutiny. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. To destroy a considerable part of; as, to decimate an army in battle; to decimate a people by disease. [1913 Webster]




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