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From Latin annihilō (I reduce to nothing), from ad (to) + nihil (nothing).

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annihilate (third-person singular simple present annihilates, present participle annihilating, simple past and past participle annihilated)

  1. To reduce to nothing, to be nothing, to destroy, to eradicate.
    An atom bomb can annihilate a whole city.
  2. (particle physics) To react with antimatter, producing gamma radiation.
  3. (archaic) To treat as worthless, to vilify.

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