annihilate

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From Latin annihilō ‎(I reduce to nothing), from ad ‎(to) + nihil ‎(nothing).

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

  1. To reduce to nothing, to benothing, to destroy, to eradicate.
    An atom bomb can annihilate a whole city.
  2. (particle physics) To react with antimatter, producing gamma radiation.
  3. (archaic) To treat as worthless, to vilify.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.17:
      of all the opinions which Antiquity hath had of men in gross, those which I most willingly embrace, and whereon I take most hold, are such as most vilifie, condemne, and annihilate us.

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annihilāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of annihilō