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  • A tithing.
  • A selection of every tenth person by lot, as for punishment.
         
  • (RQ:Shakespeare Timon), V-v - By decimation and a tithed death, / ... take thou the destin'd tenth.
         
  • 1702: Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana - And the whole army had cause to enquire into their own rebellions, when they saw the Lord of Hosts, with a dreadful decimation, taking off so many of our brethren by the worst of executioners.
  • The destruction of any large proportion, as of people by pestilence or war.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Dec`i*ma"tion (?), n. [L. decimatio: cf. F. décimation.] 1. A tithing. [Obs.] State Trials (1630).

2. A selection of every tenth person by lot, as for punishment. Shak.

3. The destruction of any large proportion, as of people by pestilence or war. Milman.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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