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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The selection by lot of every hundredth man (of an army or group of prisoners or mutineers) for execution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The infliction of the death penalty upon one person in every hundred, as in cases of mutiny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The punishment of one man in a hundred, as in cases of mutiny or wide-spread desertion from an army.

Etymologies

From the Latin centēsimātiō, from centēsimō, from centēsimus ("hundredth"); compare quintation, septimation, decimation, vicesimation, and tricesimation. (Wiktionary)

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