Etymology
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decapitate (v.)

"behead, cut off the head of," 1610s, from French décapiter (14c.), from Late Latin decapitatus past participle of decapitare, from Latin de "off" (see de-) + caput (genitive capitis) "head" (from PIE root *kaput- "head"). Related: Decapitated; decapitating.

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Definitions of decapitate

decapitate (v.)
cut the head of;
Synonyms: behead / decollate
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