annihilator

noun
an·​ni·​hi·​la·​tor | \ ə-ˈnī-ə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce annihilator (audio) \

Definition of annihilator

: a person or thing that entirely destroys a place, a group, an enemy, etc. : one that annihilates something or someone This would subsequently interrupt the relationship between man and nature, and change the original role of man upon the Earth from the guardian of nature to the biggest annihilator of nature.The Cleveland (Tennessee) Daily Banner … refuses to believe that her father could be what criminologists call a "family annihilator"—someone who kills their partners and children before turning their weapon on themselves.— Michael E. Miller

Examples of annihilator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The show mixes 66-million-year-old teeth with the latest 3-D prints of dino bones, and presents new models of T. rex as a baby, a juvenile and a full-grown annihilator. New York Times, "18 Art Exhibitions (and 1 Architectural Wonder) in N.Y.C. Right Now," 12 Mar. 2020 The show mixes 66-million-year-old teeth with the latest 3-D prints of dino bones, and also presents new models of T. rex as a baby, a juvenile and a full-grown annihilator. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Holiday Museum Guide: Where to See Art This Season," 28 Nov. 2019 Fifty-five percent of murder-suicides involving a male murderer and three or more victims were perpetrated by family annihilators, the report found. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: On family annihilators, lockup disparities and falling for sales," 6 Dec. 2019 But my pleas to speak to a bathroom annihilator went loudly unanswered. Mark Shrayber, Health.com, "Why Would Someone Poop in a Public Bathroom and NOT Flush? We've Got Answers," 11 Oct. 2019 Satellites do not need to be chronic pests or annihilators to cause headaches. Ben Guarino, ajc, "Company shoots shiny orb into orbit, astronomers irked over 'space graffiti'," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of annihilator

1698, in the meaning defined above

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“Annihilator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/annihilator. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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