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Definition of decimate:

  1. To destroy a considerable part of; as, to decimate an army in battle; to decimate a people by disease.
  2. To select by lot and punish with death every tenth man of; as, to decimate a regiment as a punishment for mutiny.
  3. To take the tenth part of; to tithe.


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