Examples of decapitate in a Sentence
a particularly gruesome series of murders in which the victims were decapitated
Recent Examples of decapitate from the Web
Ten-year-old Caleb Schwab was decapitated last August while riding what was then the world's tallest waterslide in Kansas City.
The latest incident was last week, when the Buddha statue was decapitated.
In 2013, a player was stabbed to death by a referee, who was then decapitated by fans.
Heads—missing or decapitated—are also represented in the site’s stone artwork.
TRI-via Photos of the crash scene taken by Times-Picayune photographer G.E. Arnold, and showing what is believed to be her wig tangled in the car's windshield, fueled rumors that Mansfield had been decapitated in the crash.
This is a woman who infamously wore a meat dress, played the piano in a garment composed entirely out of decapitated Kermit the Frog heads and one made out of lucite bubbles, and once attended the Grammys ensconced in a giant dinosaur egg.
My cousin's best friend's cousin was decapitated on the Fireball; my sister's teacher's brother was thrown from the Bobs.
The sixth sentencing of a man who nearly decapitated a Wilsonville woman with a Boy Scout knife after breaking into her home and trying to rape her ended Wednesday like the previous one, with a 50-year prison sentence.
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Did You Know?
Decapitation is a quick and fairly painless way to go, so it was once considered suitable only for nobles like Sir Walter Raleigh, Mary Queen of Scots, and two of Henry VIII's unfortunate wives. The invention of the guillotine in the 18th century was meant to make execution swifter and more painless than hanging or a badly aimed blow by the executioner's sword.
DECAPITATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of decapitate for English Language Learners
: to cut off the head of (a person or animal)
DECAPITATE Defined for Kids
Word Root of decapitate
The Latin word caput, meaning “head," gives us the root capit, which is sometimes shortened to capt. Words from the Latin caput have something to do with the head or a place where decisions are made. The capital of a state or country is the city where the government is and where decisions are made about laws. A captain is the person who heads a group and leads his members. To decapitate is to cut off someone's head.
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