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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: pulvériser, from Late Latin pulverizare, from Latin pulvis 'dust, powder'

pulverize

verb
     
pul‧ver‧ize also pulverise British English [transitive usually passive]
1 to crush something into a powder:
The seeds can be used whole or pulverized into flour.
2 informal to completely defeat someone:
Stewart completely pulverized the opposition.
pulverized adjective:
pulverized coal
pulverization noun [uncountable]

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