Annihilate and Destroy


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Annihilate verb – To destroy all traces of.
Usage example: the family's attempts to annihilate the roach population in their apartment had met with little success

Destroy is a synonym for annihilate in eliminate topic. In some cases you can use "Destroy" instead a verb "Annihilate", when it comes to topics like end, eradicate, obliterate, wipe out. popular alternative
Nearby Words: annihilation, annihilating
Synonyms for Annihilate


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Destroy verb – To bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of.
Usage example: their poor scores on the final exam destroyed any chance they might have had to pass the course

Annihilate is a synonym for destroy in demolish topic. You can use "Annihilate" instead a verb "Destroy", if it concerns topics such as eliminate, end, ruin, eradicate. popular alternative
Nearby Words: destroyed, destroyer, destroying
Synonyms for Destroy

Common collocations

humanity annihilate humanity destroy humanity
life annihilate life destroy life
civilization annihilate civilization destroy civilization
system annihilate system destroy system
Other nouns: base, village, universe, earth, world, ship, planet, city, enemy, everyone, enemies, planets, cities.

Both words in one sentence

  • In other instances, this trope is played straight - the kids talk about how the Yeerks would "destroy" them and their families, and so on, also using "annihilate" as a euphemism.
  • Final Solution The Separatists subsequently invade their homeworld of Mahranee, destroy their cities, and annihilate the refugee convoy that attempts to flee the planet.
  • Western Animation / Space Ghost The title device has a weapon that it uses to annihilate a building and destroy the occupant.
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