Vicesimation meaning

(rare) The destruction of one-twentieth of something; especially, the killing or putting to death of every twentieth person, especially by lot.
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Origin of vicesimation

  • Probably formed by the suffixation of the Latin vīcēsimus (“twentieth”) with the English -ation on the pattern of decimation, but compare the Latin vīcēsimātiō (“a killing of every twentieth man”); the spelling vigesimation is an alteration of vicesimation under the influence of vigesimal.

    From Wiktionary