dec·​i·​mat·​ed | \ ˈde-sə-ˌmā-təd How to pronounce decimated (audio) \

Definition of decimated

1 : drastically reduced especially in number … the decimated population of Atlantic salmon that once gamboled in dozens of rivers in the northeastern United States …— Pete Bodo A denuded forest may one day regrow; the decimated culture that called it home sadly will not.— Stephen Messenger
2 : destroyed or significantly harmed … its dusty streets, scattered with burned out vehicles and flanked on either side by decimated buildings.— Jay Akbar Many workers may want to delay retirement to replenish decimated 401(k) portfolios …— Emily Brandon Can we take as governor a man who'd give $46 million in public money to a bottling lobby, instead of using it to salvage decimated public programs?— David Nyhan — see also decimate

First Known Use of decimated

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Decimated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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