- to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate.
- to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an unwanted hair.
Origin of extirpate
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Examples from the Web for extirpate
Every attempt to subdue or extirpate them, has proved abortive.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Many causes have combined to extirpate the shy and spirited fish.Angling Sketches
The duty to extirpate and destroy it is admitted even by our doctors of divinity.My Bondage and My Freedom
I will extirpate that nest of vipersthat horde of remorseless banditti!Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf
George W. M. Reynolds
The gentry want to extirpate us by means of poison, we will extirpate them with fire and sword.The Day of Wrath
- to remove or destroy completely
- to pull up or out; uproot
- to remove (an organ or part) surgically
C16: from Latin exstirpāre to root out, from stirps root, stock
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Word Origin and History for extirpate
1530s, usually figurative, from Latin extirpatus/exstirpatus, past participle of extirpare/exstirpare (see extirpation). Related: Extirpated; extirpating.
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