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Decimation

Dec`i`ma´tion
n.1.A tithing.
2.A selection of every tenth person by lot, as for punishment.
3.The destruction of any large proportion, as of people by pestilence or war.
Noun1.decimation - destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)

DECIMATION. The punishment of every tenth soldier by lot, was, among the Romans, called decimation.

annihilate, carry off, decimate, destruction, devastation, eliminate, eradicate, extinguish, wipe out
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