Decapitate definition

dĭ-kăpĭ-tāt
To cut off the head of; behead.
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To destroy or incapacitate (a government or organization, for example) by killing or removing its leader or leaders.
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To cut off the head of; behead.
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To remove or destroy that part regarded as essential to the operation of.

To decapitate a terrorist cell.

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To remove the head of.
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Origin of decapitate

  • Late Latin dēcapitāre dēcapitāt- Latin dē- de- Latin caput capit- head kaput- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French décapiter, from Late Latin decapitare, from de- + caput.

    From Wiktionary