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  • n. The destruction of one-twentieth of something; especially, the killing or putting to death of every twentieth person, especially by lot.

Etymologies

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Probably formed by the suffixation of the Latin vīcēsimus ("twentieth") with the English -ation on the pattern of decimation, but compare the Latin vīcēsimātiō ("a killing of every twentieth man"); the spelling vigesimation is an alteration of vicesimation under the influence of vigesimal.

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