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 for annihilate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Annihilate \An*ni"hi*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Annihilated;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Annihilating.] [L. annihilare; ad +
     nihilum, nihil, nothing, ne hilum (filum) not a thread,
     nothing at all. Cf. File, a row.]
     1. To reduce to nothing or nonexistence; to destroy the
        existence of; to cause to cease to be.
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              It impossible for any body to be utterly
              annihilated.                          --Bacon.
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     2. To destroy the form or peculiar distinctive properties of,
        so that the specific thing no longer exists; as, to
        annihilate a forest by cutting down the trees. "To
        annihilate the army." --Macaulay.
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     3. To destroy or eradicate, as a property or attribute of a
        thing; to make of no effect; to destroy the force, etc.,
        of; as, to annihilate an argument, law, rights, goodness.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Annihilate \An*ni"hi*late\ (an*n[imac]"h[i^]*l[asl]t), a.
     Annihilated. [Archaic] --Swift.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  annihilate
      v 1: kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire
           population" [syn: eliminate, annihilate, extinguish,
           eradicate, wipe out, decimate, carry off]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  120 Moby Thesaurus words for "annihilate":
     abate, abolish, abrogate, abscind, amputate, annul, ban, bar,
     bereave of life, blot out, bob, bring to naught, cancel,
     carry away, carry off, chloroform, clip, crop, cull, cut, cut away,
     cut down, cut off, cut out, decimate, demolish, deprive of life,
     deracinate, destroy, dispatch, dispose of, do away with, do for,
     do to death, dock, efface, eliminate, end, enucleate, eradicate,
     erase, except, excise, exclude, execute, expunge, exterminate,
     extinguish, extirpate, finish, finish off, immolate, invalidate,
     isolate, kill, knock off, launch into eternity, liquidate, lop,
     lynch, make away with, martyr, martyrize, massacre, murder,
     mutilate, negate, negative, nip, nullify, obliterate, pare, peel,
     pick out, poison, prune, purge, put away, put down, put to death,
     put to sleep, quash, quell, quench, raze, remove, remove from life,
     repeal, revoke, root out, root up, rout, ruin, rule out, sacrifice,
     set apart, set aside, shave, shear, slay, squash, stamp out,
     starve, strike off, strip, strip off, suppress, sweep away,
     take life, take off, take out, truncate, unbuild, undo, uproot,
     vitiate, void, wipe out, wrack, wreck
  
  

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