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“… to decimate the land and wipe out its …”

meanings of decimate


  1. To replace a high-resolution model with another of lower but acceptable quality.
  2. To devastate: to reduce or destroy significantly but not completely.
  3. To kill one-tenth of a group, (historical, specifically) as a military punishment in the Roman army selected by lot, usually carried out by the surviving soldiers.
  4. To reduce to one-tenth: to destroy or remove nine-tenths of anything.
  5. To destroy or remove one-tenth of anything.
  6. To exact a tithe or other 10% tax.
  7. To decimalize: to divide into tenths, hundredths etc.
  8. To tithe: to pay a 10% tax.


  1. A tithe or other 10% tax or payment.
  2. A set of ten items.
  3. A tenth of something.