- 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
Examples from the Web for extirpation
Extirpation has been the watchword with which Caucasian Christianity has gone about the world.The Conquest of Fear
The most recent work on extirpation of the spleen for tumours is from Hartmann and Vasquez.Histology of the Blood
Hundreds of the ablest judges were selected for the extirpation of this crime.The Necessity of Atheism
Dr. D.M. Brooks
They may be operated on by means of incision or extirpation.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Extirpated they may have been, like the Moors of Spain, but extirpation is not apostasy.The New World of Islam
- to remove or destroy completely
- to pull up or out; uproot
- to remove (an organ or part) surgically
Word Origin and History for extirpation
early 15c., "removal;" 1520s, "rooting out, eradication," from Latin extirpationem/exstirpationem (nominative extirpatio/exstirpatio), noun of action from past participle stem of extirpare/exstirpare "root out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + stirps (genitive stirpis) "a root, stock of a tree."
1530s, usually figurative, from Latin extirpatus/exstirpatus, past participle of extirpare/exstirpare (see extirpation). Related: Extirpated; extirpating.
- The surgical removal of an organ, part of an organ, or diseased tissue.