decapitate


de·cap·i·tate

verb \di-ˈka-pə-ˌtāt, dē-\

: to cut off the head of (a person or animal)

de·cap·i·tat·edde·cap·i·tat·ing

Full Definition of DECAPITATE

transitive verb
:  to cut off the head of :  behead
de·cap·i·ta·tion \-ˌka-pə-ˈtā-shən\ noun
de·cap·i·ta·tor \-ˈka-pə-ˌtā-tər\ noun

Examples of DECAPITATE

  1. <a particularly gruesome series of murders in which the victims were decapitated>

Origin of DECAPITATE

Late Latin decapitatus, past participle of decapitare, from Latin de- + capit-, caput head — more at head
First Known Use: circa 1611

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