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Definition kill or destroy a large proportion; or seriously weaken
  • Hezbollah fighters decimated loyalist militias in Beirut.
  • the Revolution decimated my family.
    E. Phillips Oppenheim  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • 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
  • Granted that his generation, however bruised and decimated from this Victorian war, were the heirs of progress.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chips of plaster and brick and wood were flying as the interior was decimated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • He said it was all over school, about how I'd decimated Lana in front of Josh.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • When the remaining forces finally reach the foot of Kolvir, he'll decimate them there.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Instinctively colluding in the conspiracy of their fiction, taking care not to decimate it with adult carelessness.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The army of the Scyldings was weakened, decimated.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • 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
  • Unsurprisingly, the adult section had been decimated by looters; my choices seemed limited to hunting gear and industrial jumpsuits.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • 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
  • 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
  • Decimated but stubborn, they were among those who chose a fugitive life rather than Oklahoma.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Sometimes a wolf would die, but never were they decimated again like that first time.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse

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