from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of causing utter destruction or serving to destroy utterly: "The possession of annihilative power has not slowed down the drive toward even more fiendish modes of inflicting wholesale death” ( Saturday Review).

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  • adj. Serving to annihilate; destructive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to annihilate; destructive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to annihilate; destructive.

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

  • adj. wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction


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  • Demonstrating warp-drive capacity—which really amounts to little more than sustaining and harnessing the mutually annihilative reaction of matter and antimatter, as the Hranrarii have done—is what determines whether a culture has attained warp capability.

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  • JH, Iran is a hyper-aggressive, annihilative, nuclear-armed theocratic Islamic regime in the Middle East.

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  • Indeed, their very power has made their use intolerable, even unthinkable, because of the annihilative retaliation in kind that such use would invoke.

    Lester Bowles Pearson - Nobel Lecture

  • And now she remembered that she had an annihilative weapon against him ....

    V. V.'s Eyes

  • It is wonderful that any man could have, in the space of eight days, written, with his own hand, so fiery an invective, so compelling of the attention of any reader, so completely annihilative of his antagonist's pretensions and contentions, so convincingly establishing his own: to have made of it, in the course of composition so rapid and totally unrevised, such a jewel of

    Andivius Hedulio Adventures of a Roman Nobleman in the Days of the Empire

  • For the coexistence of absolute spontaneity with absolute necessity is involved in the very idea of God, one of whose intellectual definitions is, the 'synthesis, generative ad extra, et annihilative, etsi inclusive, quoad se,' of all conceivable 'antitheses;' even as the best moral definition -- (and, O! how much more godlike to us in this state of antithetic intellect is the moral beyond the intellectual!) -- is, God is love.

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • (PTI) R Ashwin bowled a virulent opening spell before Suresh Raina played an annihilative - Articles related to Hughes can be Australia's Virender Sehwag: Ponting

  • Without self-limitation, the quest for energy will be a perpetual tail-chase exhibiting severe nocuous, deleterious, and annihilative repercussions.

  • The truly annihilative force is in the conceited, unrealistic ambition of April Wheeler.


  • The Martians figure as a prevision of a technologized future, and the narrator’s scrutiny of their features and annihilative machinery reveals a potentially dangerous element in humanity’s relationship to technology.

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