Decimate

Definition of Decimate

Dec´i`mate
v. t.1.To take the tenth part of; to tithe.
[imp. & p. p. Decimated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Decimating .]
2.To select by lot and punish with death every tenth man of; as, to decimate a regiment as a punishment for mutiny.
3.To destroy a considerable part of; as, to decimate an army in battle; to decimate a people by disease.

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