- to put out (a fire, light, etc.); put out the flame of (something burning or lighted): to extinguish a candle.
- to put an end to or bring to an end; wipe out of existence; annihilate: to extinguish hope.
- to obscure or eclipse, as by superior brilliance.
- Law. to discharge (a debt), as by payment.
Origin of extinguish
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Examples from the Web for unextinguished
Finally, all is black as night and the grave—for the light, unextinguished, glides away into some far-off world of peace.
During this trip we came upon an unextinguished camp-fire that was spreading and about to become a forest fire.The Story of Scotch
Enos A. Mills
Hair as black as the mustaches, and parted low at the side of the head, indicated also pretensions as yet unextinguished.Children of the Soil
Was it to this he was driven by "his country's love, and unextinguished thirst of praise?"The City of God, Volume I
By neglect of the servant, some unextinguished embers had been placed in a barrel in the cellar of the building.Wieland; or The Transformation
Charles Brockden Brown
- to put out or quench (a light, flames, etc)
- to remove or destroy entirely; annihilate
- archaic to eclipse or obscure by or as if by superior brilliance
- law to discharge (a debt)
Word Origin and History for unextinguished
c.1500 (implied in extinguishable), from Latin extinguere/exstinguere "quench, wipe out, obliterate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + stinguere "quench," from PIE *steig- "to prick, stick, pierce." Related: Extinguished; extinguishing.
- To bring about the extinction of a conditioned response.