Meaning of DECAPITATE in English


də̇ˈkapəˌtāt, dēˈ-, usu -ād.+V transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Late Latin decapitatus, past participle of decapitare, from Latin de from, away + Late Latin -capitare (from capit-, caput head) — more at de- , head

1. : to cut off the head of : kill by beheading : behead

2. : to remove summarily from office for political reasons

the incoming administration decapitated many officeholders

3. : to make ineffective : destroy

a surprise attack on New York … could decapitate a wide segment of American business — D.F.Cavers

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