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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'

Death can strike rapidly and overwhelmingly enough to annihilate all of the vital Life Force of the individual.
Rowe, Dorothy Time on our Side
He is willing to annihilate his own people and as many others as possible - specifically the West and Israel.
Toronto Sun (2003)
It is not possible for terrorism of any colour--Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian--to annihilate this country.
India Today (2001)
It was her intention to annihilate him; no other punishment she could imagine would have been severe enough to placate her.
McCorquodale, Robin Dansville
Perhaps one of the last hopes for Australian rock, Dallas Crane are bound to annihilate audiences.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
The ruling military junta said that it would ` annihilate any efforts to destabilise the country", and kept the army on standby.
Independent (1998)
This time it stopped him signalling his two nephews to annihilate me.
Gash, Jonathan The Tartan Ringers
What do you think of the idea of a single bomb that could completely annihilate a whole city?


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