Definitions

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  • v. To completely destroy, especially by crushing to fragments or a powder.
  • v. To defeat soundly, thrash.
  • v. To become reduced to powder; to fall to dust.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. destroy completely
  • v. become powder or dust
  • v. make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust

Etymologies

From Latin pulvis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Brown would "pulverise" the Tories in an election "with a staggering 17 percent lead," says the paper, "IF he gives the people a vote on the EU Treaty".

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  • Russian death squads 'pulverise' Chechens [Russian commandos describe torture and war crimes]

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  • As well as being a cookery term, pulverise pops up in boxing reports and appears in rugby, athletics and economic contexts – so it can refer to people without implying their destruction.

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  • Many blog about it or write a short story to explore their turmoil/pulverise/terrorise or destroy their literary enemies or on a different tact destroy their work or simmer in a self pitying mess.

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  • These strange contraptions built into the sink pulverise food scraps into tiny particles, sending them down the pipes to sewage works.

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  • We're going to pulverise you, he told an audience of medical students.

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  • Without Hillary's support John McCain will pulverise him.

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  • And so, eight years after the invasion, despite what Western Generals keep promising, US and NATO bombs continue to pulverise this unhappy land.

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  • And as for the despotic regimes that surround you, neither do they illegally occupy their neighbours 'lands, nor do they regularly pulverise their neighbours' populations with weaponry gifted to them by extremely subjective US neocons whose invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan did little to promote a sense of balance in that sad country's international policy. phil

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  • Would they sit back and watch Zimbabwe pulverise and decimate the citizens of a neighbouring country?

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