from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To destroy completely: The naval force was annihilated during the attack.
- transitive v. To reduce to nonexistence.
- transitive v. To defeat decisively; vanquish.
- transitive v. To nullify or render void; abolish.
- intransitive v. Physics To participate in annihilation, as an electron and a positron do.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To reduce to nothing, to destroy, to eradicate.
- v. To treat as worthless, to vilify.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce to nothing or nonexistence; to destroy the existence of; to cause to cease to be.
- transitive v. To destroy the form or peculiar distinctive properties of, so that the specific thing no longer exists.
- transitive v. To destroy or eradicate, as a property or attribute of a thing; to make of no effect; to destroy the force, etc., of.
- adj. Annihilated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce to nothing; deprive of existence; cause to cease to be.
- To destroy the form or peculiar distinctive properties of, so that the specific thing no longer exists: as, to annihilate a forest by cutting and carrying away the trees; to annihilate an army; to annihilate a house by demolishing the structure; also, to destroy or eradicate, as a property or an attribute of a thing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. kill in large numbers
I remember a “leader” many years ago wanted to annihilate from the world the feeble minded and the infirm along with the other undesirables.
The word annihilate seems to me to hold a destructive sense to it too so I was beginning to think that Cory had given me a word that I didn't like very much.
Hear God speak and may his word annihilate every thought to the contrary: "The Lord thy
Fifty years later, another man set out to "annihilate" a race of people.
What irony given that Secretary Clinton wanted to "annihilate" them all for Israel.
My contention is that groups strive to win absolute power for their constituents, and seek to "annihilate" the opposition, where annihilation means either assimilation or death.
He is not only continuing an unjust war by leaving 80,000 troops andscores ofpermanent bases in Iraq, and all over the region, including nuclear carrier-led task forces with enough firepower to "annihilate" any country in the region, but Obama is enlisting many progressive sections of society to support and be complicit in waging a spreading war for U.S. hegemony and imperialist expansion known as the “war on terror.”
But putting an object beyond rightful use when humans have the capacity to use it would "annihilate" the object in a practical respect, treat it as nothing.
Williams points out that we could easily "annihilate" Iran or Syria with nuclear weapons launched from submarines.
In his Townhall column yesterday, Thomas Sowell takes that a step further and, in the context of Israel's bombing of Lebanon, identifies the real problem as being that we don't "annihilate" our enemies -- using that word twice within two paragraphs: