The Latin word nihil can be translated as "nothing" . He verb annihilate it finds its etymological root in that term: it is the action that consists of reduce something to nothing .
Annihilate, therefore, is associated with demolish, break, raze, devastate or destroy . By example : “If I win the elections and become president, I promise to annihilate drug trafficking”, "Doctors will try to annihilate cancer cells with a novel treatment", “The musicians and the producers met to develop a plan that allows them to annihilate the piracy that takes place through the Internet”.
According to the context, the idea annihilate can be used with reference to to disappear . It can be said, in this context, that the Nazi regime sought to annihilate the Jewish community and other groups of German territory through a systematic massacre.
A attack in the framework of a war you can search annihilate the enemy . Beyond the eventual respect for laws, norms or even ethical principles, the purpose of a military offensive usually pursues the defeat of the opponent, whether causing its destruction or surrender.
As can be seen in the examples presented so far, the concept can have very different connotations, both positive and negative. While annihilating the piracy It is a constructive objective, killing all individuals of a particular religion or race cannot be accepted under any point of view.
Despite the versatility of this term, it allows you to refer to almost any process whose purpose is to make a thing disappear, someone or end a certain situation, it is not usually used in everyday speech, but is reserved for written language.
Returning to the case of piracy, one of the biggest problems in the entertainment industry, in an informal conversation it is common to say "end piracy," rather than "annihilate." On the other hand, this verb can appear in everyday speech if it refers to a massacre such as the one that took place during the rise of Nazism, perhaps to give the speech a more serious and respectful tone, and to emphasize suffering of the millions of victims and his relatives.
Annihilation, on the other hand, can be associated with a deterioration advanced: “The government is going to annihilate the productive apparatus of the nation if it insists with this kind of policies”, “The tax increase managed to annihilate my finances”.
This meaning is often used in contexts such as politics and economics, since it refers to a series of negative consequences of certain government measures, or of any agency with sufficient power as to influence large groups of people and affect their well-being.
The notion of annihilating also appears in the physical . When a material particle meets its corresponding antiparticle, the mass belonging to both becomes other particles or Energy . The process is known as annihilating and meeting, as particle-antiparticle annihilation .
In order for particle-antiparticle annihilation to take place, it is necessary that both intersect in a state adequate quantum. In the field of quantum mechanics, it is understood by quantum state from entities or material objects to the set of forms or situations that can be physically distinguished through the measurement of their properties (what is called physical state) that evidence at any given time.
The most common type of particle-antiparticle annihilation is the complete conversion into energy of the mass of a positron and an electron . As the process of peer annihilation arises from electromagnetic interaction, the issue of energy is always given as gamma rays.