- to get rid of by destroying; destroy totally; extirpate: to exterminate an enemy; to exterminate insects.
Origin of exterminate
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Examples from the Web for exterminate
Riegner warned the Allies that Berlin had a plan to exterminate all Jews in countries occupied or controlled by Germany.The Savior of Sobibor
October 14, 2013
I think your efforts also may rival that of Germany's Adolf Hitler in his attempt to exterminate an entire race of people.Pol Pot and Me (and Guns)
May 8, 2013
“We expect the regime to try to exterminate us all,” he said.Syrians Flee to Lebanon as Regime Forces Finish ‘Cleaning’ Operation
March 8, 2012
Despite having the nickname “the exterminator,” DeLay did not try to exterminate wasteful spending when in power.He's Back!
March 8, 2009
Next was World War II: machine enabled Hitler, who in turn attempted to exterminate an entire people.How ‘Her’ Gets the Future Right
December 21, 2013
The best of this war is, it enables me to exterminate so many bad artists.
It was then determined to exterminate the pirates at any cost.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
They were coming with many more boats to exterminate every living thing.Lord Jim
Would you exterminate him because in your blindness you only note the debit side?"Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
Shepherds have entered into a conspiracy to exterminate the wolves.The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon
Newell Dwight Hillis
- (tr) to destroy (living things, esp pests or vermin) completely; annihilate; eliminate
Word Origin and History for exterminate
1540s, "drive away," from Latin exterminatus, past participle of exterminare "drive out, expel, drive beyond boundaries," also, in Late Latin "destroy," from phrase ex termine "beyond the boundary," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + termine, ablative of termen "boundary, limit, end" (see terminus).
Meaning "destroy utterly" is from 1640s in English, a sense found in equivalent words in French and in the Vulgate; earlier in this sense was extermine (mid-15c.). Related: Exterminated; exterminating.