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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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