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decapitate (dɪˈkæpɪˌteɪt Pronunciation for decapitate



  1. (transitive) to behead

Derived Forms

deˌcapiˈtation noun
deˈcapiˌtator noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin dēcapitāre, from Latin de- + caput head


View thesaurus entry
= behead, execute, guillotine, cut off the head of

Translations for 'decapitate'

  • British English: decapitate If someone is decapitated, their head is cut off. VERBA worker was decapitated when a lift plummeted down the shaft on top of him.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: decapitar
  • Chinese: 斩首斩斬首
  • European Spanish: decapitar
  • French: décapiter
  • German: enthaupten
  • Italian: decapitare
  • Japanese: 首を切る
  • Korean: 참수되다
  • Portuguese: decapitar
  • Spanish: decapitar

Example Sentences Including 'decapitate'

30 HOSTAGES - Iraqi rebels threaten to decapitate new captives
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
It was as if he'd wanted to cut out her neck, as if he'd been trying to decapitate her by removing her neck.
Williams, John Bloody Valentine, A Killing in Cardiff
So having failed to decapitate Saddam's regime, perhaps the coalition can stare it out of existence instead.
Spiked (2003)
The blade came in a wide, swinging arc, meant to decapitate or at least to chop off an arm.
Jenkins, Geoffrey A Daystar of Fear
The captors of Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun have threatened to decapitate him.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
To say that Athena "helped a plucky young hero to do the necessary and decapitate the monster "is to make the Medusa legend faintly banal.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
While there would be enormous symbolic value in his capture, there's no serpent here to decapitate.
Globe and Mail (2003)
You see conscript soldiers rape a young girl, then decapitate her.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)


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