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Hezbollah fighters decimated loyalist militias in Beirut.
  kill or destroy a large proportion; or seriously weaken
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decimated decimating decimate decimation decimates decimator
Originally a Roman word referring to a practice of military discipline whereby one in every ten soldiers was executed.
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  • Hezbollah fighters decimated loyalist militias in Beirut.
  • the Revolution decimated my family.
    E. Phillips Oppenheim  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • Having chased them for the better part of ten minutes, the hornets began the winding journey hack to their decimated nest.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Our militaries had been decimated, but there were still functional units on every continent.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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  • My rather meek remonstrance to the effect that wolves had been preying on caribou, without decimating the herds, for some tens of thousands of years before the white men came to Brochet, either fell on deaf ears or roused my listeners to fury at my partisanship.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • From my spot, I surveyed the scenery and noticed few signs of the war that had decimated our lives.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • A decimated cheese board rested on an ottoman, and cracker crumbs littered the rug, and someone’s forgotten shawl was slung across the back of a chair.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • First of all, if I was expected to come to Yamacraw Island to preside over the intellectual decimation of forty kids, you selected the wrong boy.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Unsurprisingly, the adult section had been decimated by looters; my choices seemed limited to hunting gear and industrial jumpsuits.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Population decimated, no possible ally to turn to for aid.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay

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  • He’d have cried and turned and smiled if only he could have seen the book thief on her hands and knees, next to his decimated body.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Chips of plaster and brick and wood were flying as the interior was decimated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Well, covens fought to the last man—were utterly decimated—to protect them.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • As predicted, it swooped through the decimated doorway without knocking so much as a sliver of stone from the medieval walls.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The Revolution came; events succeeded each other with precipitation; the parliamentary families, decimated, pursued, hunted down, were dispersed.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Sometimes a wolf would die, but never were they decimated again like that first time.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The elders and the chiefs met to discuss what they could do about the wasting disease that was quickly decimating their warriors.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Eventually, of course, after their Galaxy had been decimated over a few thousand years, it was realized that the whole thing had been a ghastly mistake, and so the two opposing battle fleets settled their few remaining differences in order to launch a joint attack on our own Galaxy—now positively identified as the source of the offending remark.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The army of the Scyldings was weakened, decimated.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • With Redd’s permission, he procured food for the Alyssians; in exchange, he provided her with intelligence on their military maneuvers-intelligence from which he left out important details, for if the Alyssians were decimated, he would not be quite so rich.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • By this time the Indian fighting had become like dangerous cattle drives—the tribes were forced into revolt, driven and decimated, and the sad, sullen remnants settled on starvation lands.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He said it was all over school, about how I’d decimated Lana in front of Josh.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • If they hesitated or turned back, their buddies ashore would be decimated.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Granted that his generation, however bruised and decimated from this Victorian war, were the heirs of progress.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Instinctively colluding in the conspiracy of their fiction, taking care not to decimate it with adult carelessness.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Augustus was hoping for a rush, confident that with the two of them shooting they could decimate the Indians to such an extent that the survivors might leave.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Although there had indeed already been a trapdoor in the chaplain’s office, it proved too costly to decimate the cafeteria below it, which accommodated the drop.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The eighty thousand original FORCE troops were ground up, reinforced with a hundred thousand more, and were still being decimated when the call went out for two hundred thousand more.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …human females extending from the age of puberty to the menopause: inevitable accidents at sea, in mines and factories: certain very painful maladies and their resultant surgical operations, innate lunacy and congenital criminality, decimating epidemics: catastrophic cataclysms which make terror the basis of human mentality: seismic upheavals the epicentres of which are located in densely populated regions: the fact of vital growth, through convulsions of metamorphosis, from…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A horrified A. P. Hill realizes that his army has been decimated.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • When the remaining forces finally reach the foot of Kolvir, he’ll decimate them there.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • The earth’s entire population is about to be decimated.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • He did not like this news; he had counted on the brothers Baratheon decimating each other in bloody battle.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • He had feared that the Battle of Bryn Shander had decimated his people to a point from which they could never recover.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Yet, when all was said and done, who, in that terrorstricken, decimated populace, had scope for any activity worthy of his manhood?
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • In war it’s dangerous to be experienced, battle-hardened, and decimated, because you are at once necessary and expendable.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • They were the survivors of a decimated unit that had been taken out of the front line after four days of heavy fighting and was being sent to the rear for a short rest.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Epilogue High on a bluff on the Island at the Edge of the World, the High King sat, idly chewing on one of the long grasses that had begun to grow again on the fields decimated by the battle.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • The Crusades and the wars of the English decimated the nobles and divided their possessions; the erection of communities introduced an element of democratic liberty into the bosom of feudal monarchy; the invention of fire-arms equalized the villein and the noble on the field of battle; printing opened the same resources to the minds of all classes; the post was organized so as to bring the same information to the door of the poor man’s cottage and to the gate of the palace; and…
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Decimated but stubborn, they were among those who chose a fugitive life rather than Oklahoma.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Eddis’s Thief spoiled those plans, but you came about well, and here you are, once again ready to see my army decimated and your Medes heroes."
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The invading Marines had dubbed it "Green Beach" and it was across this killing field that young John Bradley, a Navy corpsman, raced under decimating fire.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The disaster of the hollow road had decimated, but not discouraged them.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It feels more designed to keep us in lockdown than to decimate 13.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The monsters never had the chance to regroup, and by the time they were even able to raise their weapons in response, their ranks had been decimated.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Benito had to keep making more as they fought amongst themselves, and as the covens he decimated took more than half his force down before they lost.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Our own hoverplanes were grounded after the Capitol’s antiaircraft missiles decimated the first few waves.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Another edifice constructed by the human mind, decimated by human nature.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • After the Shrike had decimated their commando teams, the torchship captain returned to the Swarm to be executed.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I’m sure our numbers would have been pretty severely decimated, but they were sure that theirs would be, too.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
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