By Lion of the Morning, in 'Latin Beginners', Dec 6, 2018.
If decimation is reducing something by 10...what would half be?
A fifth. Is this a question or a puzzle?
The removal of a tenth sounds quite disattached from the implications of what this punishment actually entailed. An awful way to go by all accounts. Walloped to death.
Not a game!
I’m actually curious if there is a latin word that would describe the same action, just instead of killing a tenth, what would killing half be called?
dimidiatio exists for "dividing into halves", which gives us English "dimidiation" (though this is usually not used in the sense of dividing into halves). I don't know a word for killing a half in the same way as "decimation" (since decimation was an established procedure in Rome, whereas I don't know of any instances where a general would kill half of the army – it would certainly be incredibly inefficient and a waste of resources),
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