- to cut back to absolutely nothing or nonexistence to destroy the existence of resulting in to stop becoming
- kill in vast quantities
- to lessen to absolutely nothing or nonexistence; to destroy the presence of; to cause to cease becoming.
- To destroy the proper execution or unusual unique properties of, so that the certain thing no longer is present; as, to annihilate a woodland by cutting down the trees.
- To destroy or expel, as a residential property or attribute of something; to make of no effect; to destroy the power, etc., of; since, to annihilate a quarrel, law, legal rights, goodness.
1520s, from an outdated adjective meaning "reduced to nothing" (belated 14c.), originally days gone by participle of a verb, anihil, from Old French annichiler (14c.), from later Latin annihilare "to cut back to nothing," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + nihil "nothing" (see nil). Related: Annihilated; annihilating.
(v. t.) To lessen to absolutely nothing or nonexistence; to destroy the existence of; to cause to cease to-be.
- (v. t.) To destroy the shape or particular unique properties of, so the particular thing no more is out there; as, to annihilate a forest by reducing the trees.
- (v. t.) To destroy or eliminate, as a house or feature of a thing; to make of no effect; to destroy the force, etc., of; since, to annihilate a disagreement, law, legal rights, goodness.
- (a.) Annihilated.
It was obviously Gustavus's plan to drive Wallenstein away from the Leipzig road, north of which he had posted himself, and thus, in case of success, to isolate, and subsequently, with the aid of the Saxons in the Elbe fortresses, annihilate him.