- to remove or destroy utterly; extirpate: to eradicate smallpox throughout the world.
- to erase by rubbing or by means of a chemical solvent: to eradicate a spot.
- to pull up by the roots: to eradicate weeds.
Origin of eradicate
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1. obliterate, uproot, exterminate, annihilate.
1. See abolish.
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Examples from the Web for eradicator
- to obliterate; stamp out
- to pull or tear up by the roots
C16: from Latin ērādīcāre to uproot, from ex- 1 + rādīx root
Word Origin and History for eradicator
early 15c., from Latin eradicatus, past participle of eradicare "to root out" (see eradication). Related: Eradicated; eradicating; eradicable.
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