TEM8 IELTS GRE TOEFL
前缀an-同ad-. 词根nil, 零，词源同no，见nihilism, 虚无主义。
- annihilate:  Annihilate comes from the past participle of the late Latin verb annihilāre, meaning literally ‘reduce to nothing’ (a formation based on the noun nihil ‘nothing’, source of English nihilism and nil). There was actually an earlier English verb, annihil, based on French annihiler, which appeared at the end of the 15th century, but it did not long survive the introduction of annihilate.
=> nihilism, nil
- annihilate (v.)
- 1520s, from an obsolete adjective meaning "reduced to nothing" (late 14c.), originally the past participle of a verb, anihil, from Old French annichiler (14c.), from Late Latin annihilare "to reduce to nothing," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + nihil "nothing" (see nil). Related: Annihilated; annihilating.
- 1. The human race has enough weapons to annihilate itself.
- 2. Such wonderful and wellestablished facts at once annihilate the theroy.
- 3. An atomic bomb can annihilate a city.
- 4. I wished to annihilate the tedious intervening days!
- 5. A real or virtual photon may spontaneously annihilate.
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