from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The punishment of one man in a hundred, as in cases of mutiny or wide-spread desertion from an army.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Mil.) The infliction of the death penalty upon one person in every hundred, as in cases of mutiny.
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- noun rare The
selectionby lotof every hundredthman (of an armyor groupof prisonersor mutineers) for execution.
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From the Latin centēsimātiō, from centēsimō, from centēsimus ("hundredth"); compare quintation, septimation, decimation, vicesimation, and tricesimation.
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