Verb annihilate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


annihilate (third-person singular simple present annihilates, present participle annihilating, simple past and past participle annihilated)

  1. To reduce to nothing, to be nothing, to destroy, to eradicate.
  2. (particle physics) To react with antimatter, producing gamma radiation.
  3. (archaic) To treat as worthless, to vilify.

More definition: reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly, The heavy bombing almost annihilated the city. destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out, to annihilate an army. annul; make void, to annihilate a law. cancel the effect of; nullify. defeat completely; vanquish, Our basketball team annihilated the visiting team.

1. (transitive) to destroy completely; extinguish

2. (transitive) (informal) to defeat totally, as in debate or argument

3. (intransitive) (physics) to undergo annihilation Derived Formsannihilable (əˈnaɪələbəl) adjectiveannihilative, adjectiveannihilator, noun Word OriginC16, from Late Latin annihilāre to bring to nothing, from Latin nihil nothingCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1520s, from an obsolete adjective meaning "reduced to nothing" (late 14c.), originally the past participle of a verb, anihil, from Old French annichiler (14c.), from Late Latin annihilare "to reduce to nothing," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + nihil "nothing" (see nil). Related, Annihilated; annihilating.


Did you really almost annihilate the human race?

If Ritschl had clearly shown that judgments of value enfold and transform other types of knowledge, just as the "spiritual man" includes and transfigures but does not annihilate the "natural man," then within the compass of this spiritually conditioned knowledge all other knowledge would be seen to have a function and a home.

The Guelph is persuaded that the Ghibeffines wifi annihilate freedom and strangle commerce.

In this he praised the authors of the September massacres as "deserving well of their country," and declared that a more complete "September 2nd" was needed to annihilate the actual government, which consisted of "starvers, bloodsuckers, tyrants, hangmen, rogues and mountebanks."

Artillery had fallen, technically, far behind the infantry arm, and in face of long-range rifle fire could not annihilate the hostile line with case-shot fire as in the days of Napoleon.

According to Albrecht Ritschl "the wrath of God means the resolve of God to annihilate those men who finally oppose themselves to redemption, and the final purpose of the kingdom of God."

Roman opinion universally expected that Augustus would take up the work of his predecessors, annihilate the Parthian dominion, and subdue the East as far as the Policy of Augustus.

He felt now that merely by having been recommended to Prince Andrew he had already risen above the general who at the front had the power to annihilate him, a lieutenant of the Guards.

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