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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dec·i·mate /ˈdɛsəˌmet/
 (vt.)每十人殺一人,大批殺害

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dec·i·mate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decimated p. pr. & vb. n. Decimating ]
 1. To take the tenth part of; to tithe.
 2. To select by lot and punish with death every tenth man of; as, to decimate a regiment as a punishment for mutiny.
 3. To destroy a considerable part of; as, to decimate an army in battle; to decimate a people by disease.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 decimate
      v 1: kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
      2: kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire
         population" [syn: eliminate, annihilate, extinguish,
          eradicate, wipe out, carry off]