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Definition of the verb annihilate

What does annihilate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: annihilated | annihilating | annihilates

  1. kill in large numbers
    • examples: In the end, one always ends up wishing to annihilate one's fellow man. Therein lies the sad fate of humanity. | The United States needed ten years of war in order to annihilate Iraq and divide it. | If the United States try to hit and annihilate Iran, this will be its last war. | The United States cannot win a war against a big and strong country. It can only annihilate a weak and relatively small country like Serbia or Iraq. It can also win a war in less than 24 hours against a tiny island like Grenada. | Bush didn't send troops to annihilate other countries.
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]The Romans destroyed the city
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]The builders destroyed the warehouse with explosives
      [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient]The explosives destroyed the warehouse

      Destroy Verbs (with the same syntax): blitz, damage, decimate, demolish, desecrate, destroy, devastate, disfigure, efface, exterminate, extirpate, level, maim, mutilate, obliterate, ravage, raze, ruin, shatter, undo, unmake, vaporize, waste, wreck.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of annihilate: carry off / decimate / eliminate / eradicate / extinguish / wipe out
    • more generic word: kill = cause to die

Alternative definition of the verb annihilate


  1. To reduce to nothing, to destroy, to eradicate.


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Annihilate

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Google previewAwakening (2016)

An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought by Patrick S. Bresnan

annihilate is the illusion of ego—that is, the false identification of one's very being with the egoself.) Of course, the authors of the Upanishads had also taught that liberation means liberation from the delusion of the egorole. Both Buddha and ...

Google previewNew GRE Exam (2011)

A Strategic Approach by Doug Tarnopol, Norman Levy, Elizabeth Rollins, Gerri Budd

ANNIHILATE means to make void. 5. E The prosecutor was not satisfied with the judge's decision. That means that the correct adjective must be negative, to express this dissatisfaction. AMBIGUOUS (vague), ASTUTE (shrewd), ARDUOUS ...

Google previewTestbuster for the GRE, General Test with Software (2004)

by Pauline Alexander-Travis

ANNIHILATE means to make void.

Google previewA Genealogy of Evil (2010)

Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad by David Patterson

Annihilate is a more accurate term. An Iranian Islamic regime, influenced from the outset by Nazi and Jihadist thinking, would eventually be best suited for the task of annihilation. Thus, the Arab intellectuals – and not just the “oppressed and ...

Google previewWest and the Rest (2005)

Globalization and the Terrorist Threat by Roger Scruton

The duty to annihilate is the last remaining glimpse of the transcendental in the heart of the one who has lost all belief in it and who cannot live with the loss. The "death-intoxicated" character of the Russian nihilists, and of the revolutionaries ...

Google previewNew GRE (2011)

A Strategic Approach by Doug Tarnopol, Norman Levy, Elizabeth Rollins, Gerri Budd

ANNIHILATE means to make void. 5. E The prosecutor was not satisfied with the judge's decision. That means that the correct adjective must be negative, to express this dissatisfaction. AMBIGUOUS (vague), ASTUTE (shrewd), ARDUOUS ...

Google previewSSC English Topic-wise LATEST 35 Solved Papers (2010-2016) (2017)

by Disha Experts

Annihilate is the correctly spelt word. It means to destroy completely. Committee is the correctly spelt word. It is a group of person appointed for a specific function by a larger group and typically consisting of members of that group. 88. (c) 89.

Google previewThe Slang Dictionary (1894)

Etymological, Historical, and Anecdotal by John Camden Hotten

annihilate. (or,. as. we. should say, with a fitting respect to the subject under consideration, to “smash”) an opponent, thought proper on an occasion to use the word “cabbage,” not in the ancient sense of a flatulent vegetable of the ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

road, superhighway, thruway, turnpike expropriate: commandeer, confiscate, impound, seize, take, usurp expulsion: banishment, debarment, dismissal, ejection, eviction, exile, ousting, removal, suspension expunge: annihilate, cancel, dele, ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary for Children (2001)

by Robert B. Costello

annihilate To destroy completely; wipe out: The earthquake annihilated the town, an-ni-hi-late (a nl'a 1 a t ' ) verb, annihilated, annihilating.

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

annihilate. in Turkey. angostura /ang-guh-styoor-uh/ n. the bitter bark of a South American tree, used as a flavouring. – origin from Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar ) in Venezuela. angry adj. (angrier, angriest) 1 feeling or showing anger. 2 (of a ...

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A lie can annihilate a thousand truths.
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Scrabble value of A1N1N1I1H4I1L1A1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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