decapitate

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Etymology[edit]

From French décapiter, from Late Latin decapitare, from de- + caput.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈkap.ɪt.eɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɪˈkæp.ə.teɪt/, /dɪˈkæp.ɪ.teit/, /də-/
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decapitate (third-person singular simple present decapitates, present participle decapitating, simple past and past participle decapitated)

  1. (transitive, literally) To remove the head of.
    • 2013, “Accident: 202674701 - Worker Paving Airstrip Is Struck By Airplane And Decapitated”, in Occupational Safety and Health Administration[1], archived from the original on 15 July 2022, retrieved 14 July 2022:
      Employee #1 was in the center of the runway, working alone approximately 300 feet from the end that led to the plane loading area and hangars. A pilot flying an airplane, Schweizer Aircraft Corporation Model G-164 B, approached the airstrip from the opposite end and landed. As the pilot taxied the plane toward the hangar, the plane's propeller struck Employee #1 in the head and decapitated him.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To oust or destroy the leadership or ruling body of (a government etc.).

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decapitate

  1. second-person plural present and imperative of decapitare