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annihilate (əˈnaɪəˌleɪt Pronunciation for annihilate



  1. (transitive) to destroy completely; extinguish
  2. (transitive) (informal) to defeat totally, as in debate or argument
  3. (intransitive) (physics) to undergo annihilation

Derived Forms

annihilable (əˈnaɪələbəl Pronunciation for annihilable  adjective
anˈnihilative adjective
anˈnihiˌlator noun

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin annihilāre to bring to nothing, from Latin nihil nothing


View thesaurus entry
= destroy, abolish, wipe out, erase, eradicate, extinguish, obliterate, liquidate, root out, exterminate, nullify, extirpate, wipe from the face of the earth, kennet, jeff

Translations for 'annihilate'

  • British English: annihilate To annihilate something means to destroy it completely. VERBThere are lots of ways of annihilating the planet.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: aniquilar
  • Chinese: 毁灭毁毀灭滅
  • European Spanish: aniquilar
  • French: anéantir
  • German: vernichten
  • Italian: annientare
  • Japanese: 全滅させる
  • Korean: 완전히 파괴하다
  • Portuguese: aniquilar
  • Spanish: aniquilar

Example Sentences Including 'annihilate'

This time it stopped him signalling his two nephews to annihilate me.
Gash, Jonathan The Tartan Ringers
It was her intention to annihilate him; no other punishment she could imagine would have been severe enough to placate her.
McCorquodale, Robin Dansville
What do you think of the idea of a single bomb that could completely annihilate a whole city?


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