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annihilate

an·ni·hi·late

annihilate

 
 
pronunciation:
naI leIt
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: annihilated, annihilates, annihilating
definition 1: to destroy completely; reduce to ruin.
The plague nearly annihilated the population of the villages.The locusts annihilated the crops.The bombing annihilated whole sections of the city.
synonyms:
eradicate, exterminate, obliterate, wreck
antonyms:
create
similar words:
abolish, blast, blot out, consume, decimate, desolate, destroy, efface, eliminate, end, kill, liquidate, massacre, pulverize, ruin
definition 2: to abolish; make null.
synonyms:
abrogate, nullify, undo
similar words:
abate, abolish, annul, invalidate, rescind, void
definition 3: (informal) to defeat decisively; overwhelm.
synonyms:
massacre, rout, thrash, trounce
similar words:
beat, conquer, humble, trample, wreck
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derivations: annihilation (n.), annihilator (n.)
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