annihilate


annihilate
annihilative /euh nuy"euh lay'tiv, -euh leuh-/, annihilatory /euh nuy"euh leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj.
/euh nuy"euh layt'/, v.t., annihilated, annihilating.
1. to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly: The heavy bombing almost annihilated the city.
2. to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out: to annihilate an army.
3. to annul; make void: to annihilate a law.
4. to cancel the effect of; nullify.
5. to defeat completely; vanquish: Our basketball team annihilated the visiting team.
[1350-1400; ME adnichilat(e) destroyed < LL annihilatus brought to nothing, annihilated (ptp. of annihilare) (L an- AN-2 + nihil nothing + -atus -ATE1)]
Syn. 1. ravage, devastate, desolate. 1, 2. smash, obliterate, demolish.

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