An·ni·hi·late v. t. [imp. & p. p. Annihilated; p. pr. & vb. n. Annihilating.]
1. To reduce to nothing or nonexistence; to destroy the existence of; to cause to cease to be.
It impossible for any body to be utterly annihilated. --Bacon.
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.”
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.
adj 1: wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction;
"possessing annihilative power"; "a devastating
hurricane"; "the guns opened a withering fire" [syn: annihilative,
2: making light of; "afire with annihilating invective"; "a
devastating portrait of human folly"; "to compliments
inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert [syn: devastating,