decimate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word decimate

(verb) kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies Definition
(verb) kill in large numbers
Example Sentence
  • the plague wiped out an entire population

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deci [means 10]mate[in ,chess mate means killing a king]so it sound like killing a king in every 10 people,so to kill a king u have to kill 10 ie make killing at huge amount.
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decimate->deci+ mate AIDS guy will be kill in large numbers
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Deshi + mate(friends) : Rajakars were deshi mate of Pakistani force in Bangladesh. Rajakars killed a lot of men of Bangladesh.
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