Extirpate
Extirpate Ex"tir*pate (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Extirpated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Extirpating}.] [L. extirpatus, exstirpatus, p. p. of extirpare, exstirpare; ex out + strips stock, stem, root.] To pluck up by the stem or root; to root out; to eradicate, literally or figuratively; to destroy wholly; as, to extirpate weeds; to extirpate a tumor; to extirpate a sect; to extirpate error or heresy.

Syn: To eradicate; root out; destroy; exterminate; annihilate; extinguish. [1913 Webster]


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  • extirpate — I verb abolish, annihilate, annul, blast, blot out, bring to ruin, cancel, consume, cut down, deal destruction, demolish, deracinate, desolate, destroy, devastate, devour, dissolve, do away with, efface, eliminate, end, eradicare, eradicate,… …   Law dictionary

  • extirpate — (v.) 1530s, usually figurative, from L. extirpatus/exstirpatus, pp. of extirpare/exstirpare (see EXTIRPATION (Cf. extirpation)). Related: Extirpated; extirpating …   Etymology dictionary

  • extirpate — *exterminate, eradicate, uproot, deracinate, wipe Analogous words: extinguish, *abolish, annihilate: obliterate, efface, expunge, *erase, blot out: *destroy, demolish, raze Contrasted words: propagate, *generate, engender, breed …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • extirpate — [v] destroy; uproot abate, abolish, annihilate, blot out*, cut out, demolish, deracinate, efface, eliminate, eradicate, erase, excise, expunge, exsect, exterminate, extinguish, kill, raze, remove, root out, wipe out*; concepts 211,252 Ant. help,… …   New thesaurus

  • extirpate — ► VERB ▪ search out and destroy completely. DERIVATIVES extirpation noun extirpator noun. ORIGIN Latin exstirpare, from stirps a stem …   English terms dictionary

  • extirpate — [eks′tər pāt΄; ] also [ ek stʉr′pāt΄] vt. extirpated, extirpating [< L extirpatus, pp. of extirpare, exstirpare, to root out < ex , out + stirps, lower part of a tree, root < IE base * ster , stiff > STARE, STARVE, STARK] 1. to pull… …   English World dictionary

  • extirpate — UK [ˈekstɜː(r)peɪt] / US [ˈekstɜrˌpeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms extirpate : present tense I/you/we/they extirpate he/she/it extirpates present participle extirpating past tense extirpated past participle extirpated very formal to completely… …   English dictionary

  • extirpate — extirpation, n. extirpative, adj. extirpator, n. /ek steuhr payt , ik sterr payt/, v.t., extirpated, extirpating. 1. to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate. 2. to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an… …   Universalium

  • extirpate — transitive verb ( pated; pating) Etymology: Latin exstirpatus, past participle of exstirpare, from ex + stirp , stirps trunk, root Date: 1535 1. a. to destroy completely ; wipe out b. to pull up by the root 2. to cut out by surgery Synonym …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • extirpate — verb /ˈɛkstɜːpeɪt,ˈɛkstɝːpeɪt/ a) To pull up by the roots; uproot. b) To destroy completely; to annihilate. Syn: extricate, uproot, deracinate, annihilate …   Wiktionary

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