dec·​i·​mat·​ed ˈde-sə-ˌmā-təd How to pronounce decimated (audio)
: 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
: 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
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Examples of decimated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over a decade ago, massive PRC government support led to below-cost Chinese steel that flooded the global market and decimated industries across the world and in the United States. Selina Wang, ABC News, 13 May 2024 Yet the seven-episode series doesn’t offer many thrills, especially because so much time is spent on Booth’s post-assassination escape from Washington D.C. toward the decimated city of Richmond, Virginia. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 15 Mar. 2024 Israeli officials have asked the military to draw up an evacuation plan, but many question where there is left for people to go in the decimated Palestinian enclave. NBC News, 13 Feb. 2024 Victims on the road trip included the hapless Washington Wizards and former teammate Jordan Poole, a decimated New York Knicks squad and finally a 120-115 win over a Toronto team that has lost 37 games. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 4 Mar. 2024 Ukraine ordered the complete withdrawal from the decimated city of Avdiivka before dawn on Saturday, surrendering a position that had been a military stronghold for the better part of a decade, in the face of withering Russian assault. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Democratic lawmakers have called for Biden to prioritize the safety of Palestinians amid the conflict, which has killed thousands and decimated Gaza. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 So while the spotlight might shine on Miami's offense against the Chiefs defense, such a matchup might turn based on how a decimated Dolphins D could handle Mahomes’ listing bunch. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 And this was arguably the Heat’s worst loss of the season, considering the decimated competition. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of decimated was in 1658

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“Decimated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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