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tr.v. de·cap·i·tat·ed, de·cap·i·tat·ing, de·cap·i·tates
1. To cut off the head of; behead.
2. To destroy or incapacitate (a government or organization, for example) by killing or removing its leader or leaders.

[Late Latin dēcapitāre, dēcapitāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]

de·cap′i·ta′tion n.
de·cap′i·ta′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.decapitation - execution by cutting off the victim's headdecapitation - execution by cutting off the victim's head
capital punishment, death penalty, executing, execution - putting a condemned person to death
2.decapitation - killing by cutting off the headdecapitation - killing by cutting off the head  
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
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[dɪˌkæpɪˈteɪʃən] Ndecapitación f, degollación f


[dɪˌkæpɪˈteɪʃən] n (= beheading) → décapitation f


nEnthauptung f (geh)


(diˈkӕpiteit) verb
to cut the head from (especially a person). He was decapitated in the accident.
deˌcapiˈtation noun
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Who would believe that there could be any one so cruel as to long for the decapitation of the luckless Pedro; yet the sailors pray every minute, selfish fellows, that the miserable fowl may be brought to his end.
give them no quarter unless they surrender;” and struck a furious blow upward with his sabre, that would have divided the steward into moieties by subjecting him to the process of decapitation, but for the fortunate interference of the muzzle of the swivel.
With this significant remark the Supreme Gobbler left him, and thenceforward the Pious Person dreamed of himself as white meat and dark until rudely awakened by decapitation.
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