Predicate: decimate

Roleset id: decimate.01 , destroy, Source: , vncls: , framnet:

decimate.01: DECIMATE-V NOTES: Verbnet predicts an instrumental subject. They also bring thedistinction between agent and instrument down to intentionality, whichwe've been trying to avoid. If you feel you can consistently makethat decision, go ahead; otherwise only use arg2 when there is also anarg0. (from decimate.01-v)


decimate (v.)


        Arg0-PAG: destroyer (vnrole: 44-Agent)
        Arg1-PPT: thing destroyed (vnrole: 44-Patient)
        Arg2-MNR: instrument of destruction (vnrole: 44-Instrument)

Example: no instrument

        Program traders argue that a reinstatement of the rule would decimate the ``pricing efficiency'' of the futures and stock markets.

        Arg0: a reinstatement of the rule
        ArgM-MOD: would
        Rel: decimate
        Arg1: the ``pricing efficiency'' of the futures and stock markets

Example: with instrument

        Mary decimated John's fragile self-esteem with a single dirty look.

        Arg0: Mary
        Rel: decimated
        Arg1: John's fragile self-esteem
        Arg2: with a single dirty look