• (British) IPA: /əˈnaɪə.leɪt/

annihilate (annihilates, present participle annihilating; past and past participle annihilated)

  1. To reduce to 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.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 17, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      of all the opinions which Antiquity hath had of men in gross, those which I most willingly embrace, and whereon I take most hold, are such as most vilifie, condemne, and annihilate us.
  4. (transitive) To render null and void; to abrogate.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: aniquilar
  • Russian: аннигилировать

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