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annihilate (verb) destroy completely; wipe off; defeat.
To annihilate something is to destroy it completely. No trace of it is perhaps left after its destruction. Ancient civilizations came to an end because the cities and people of those civilizations were destroyed by earthquakes, floods and the like. That is, those people and those civilizations were annihilated. In modern history, the two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were annihilated by atom bombs in World War II. The recent tsunami in South Asia has annihilated a number of regions.
- The testing and stocking of nuclear weapons by countries, which have the know-how of making them is posing a great threat to humanity, as a few nuclear bombs can annihilate the whole world.
- Nature appears to have its own method of maintaining balance of population. Natural calamities like earth quakes, floods, etc., which annihilate large groups of people give us the impression that they are the method of nature to check overpopulation.