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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: , past participle of annihilare 'to reduce to nothing', from Latin ad- 'to' + nihil 'nothing'

annihilate

verb
     
an‧ni‧hi‧late [transitive]
1 to destroy something or someone completely:
Just one of these bombs could annihilate a city the size of New York.
2 to defeat someone easily and completely in a game or competition:
Tyson annihilated his opponent in the first round.
annihilation noun [uncountable]

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