Decapitate

  • 1 Decapitate — De*cap i*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decapitated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decapitating}.] [LL. decapitatus, p. p. of decapitare; L. de + caput head. See {Chief}.] 1. To cut off the head of; to behead. [1913 Webster] 2. To remove summarily from office.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 decapitate — (v.) 1610s, from Fr. décapiter (14c.), from L.L. decapitatus pp. of decapitare, from L. de off (see DE (Cf. de )) + caput (gen. capitis) head (see HEAD (Cf. head)). Related: Decapitated; decapitating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 decapitate — [v] behead ax, bring to the block*, chop off one’s head, decollate, execute, guillotine; concept 176 …

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  • 4 decapitate — ► VERB ▪ cut off the head of. DERIVATIVES decapitation noun. ORIGIN Latin decapitare, from caput head …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 decapitate — [dē kap′ə tāt΄, dikap′ə tāt΄] vt. decapitated, decapitating [Fr décapiter < ML decapitatus, pp. of decapitare < L de , off + caput, HEAD] to cut off the head of; behead decapitation n. decapitator n …

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  • 6 decapitate — UK [dɪˈkæpɪteɪt] / US [dɪˈkæpɪˌteɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms decapitate : present tense I/you/we/they decapitate he/she/it decapitates present participle decapitating past tense decapitated past participle decapitated formal to cut off… …

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  • 7 decapitate — [dɪ kapɪteɪt] verb 1》 cut off the head of. 2》 attempt to undermine (a group) by removing its leaders. Derivatives decapitation noun decapitator noun Origin C17: from late L. decapitat , decapitare to decapitate , from de + caput, capit head …

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  • 8 decapitate — transitive verb ( tated; tating) Etymology: Late Latin decapitatus, past participle of decapitare, from Latin de + capit , caput head more at head Date: circa 1611 to cut off the head of ; behead • decapitation noun • …

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  • 9 decapitate — decapitation, n. decapitator, n. /di kap i tayt /, v.t., decapitated, decapitating. to cut off the head of; behead: Many people were decapitated during the French Revolution. [1605 15; < LL decapitatus, ptp. of decapitare, equiv. to de DE + capit …

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  • 10 decapitate — verb /dɪˈkapɪteɪt/ To remove the head of. Syn: behead, decollate Ant: recapitate …

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  • 11 decapitate — 1. To cut off the head; specifically, to remove the head of a fetus to facilitate delivery in cases of irremediable dystocia; to cut off the head of an animal in preparation for certain physiologic experiments; obsolete term. 2. Relating to an… …

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  • 12 decapitate — Synonyms and related words: behead, bowstring, burn, crucify, decimate, decollate, defenestrate, demolish, electrocute, execute, garrote, guillotine, head, inflict capital punishment, lapidate, neck, put to death, raze, ruin, shoot, stone,… …

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  • 13 decapitate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. behead, chop off one s head. See killing. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. behead, guillotine, execute; see kill 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. behead, decollate, guillotine, ax …

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  • 14 decapitate — de|cap|i|tate [dıˈkæpıteıt] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: decapitatus, from Latin caput head ] to cut off someone s head ▪ a decapitated body >decapitation [dıˌkæpıˈteıʃən] n [U and C] …

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  • 15 decapitate — de|cap|i|tate [ dı kæpı,teıt ] verb transitive FORMAL to cut off someone s head ╾ de|cap|i|ta|tion [ dı,kæpı teıʃn ] noun count or uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 decapitate — [[t]dɪkæ̱pɪteɪt[/t]] decapitates, decapitating, decapitated VERB If someone is decapitated, their head is cut off. [FORMAL] [be V ed] A worker was decapitated when a lift plummeted down the shaft on top of him... [V n] He recently decapitated a… …

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  • 17 decapitate — de·cap·i·tate || dɪ kæpɪteɪt v. behead, cut off the head …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 decapitate — v. a. Behead, decollate, guillotine, deprive of the head, bring to the scaffold, bring to the block, bring under the headsman s or executioner s axe …

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  • 19 decapitate — verb (T) to cut off someone s head decapitation noun (C, U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 decapitate — verb traitors were publicly decapitated Syn: behead, guillotine, put on the block …

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