verb (used with object), ex·ter·mi·nat·ed, ex·ter·mi·nat·ing.
Origin of exterminate
Examples from the Web for exterminate
I think your efforts also may rival that of Germany's Adolf Hitler in his attempt to exterminate an entire race of people.
“We expect the regime to try to exterminate us all,” he said.Syrians Flee to Lebanon as Regime Forces Finish ‘Cleaning’ Operation|Katie Paul|March 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Despite having the nickname “the exterminator,” DeLay did not try to exterminate wasteful spending when in power.
Next was World War II: machine enabled Hitler, who in turn attempted to exterminate an entire people.
It is interesting to note in all the colonies the attempt to exterminate all idle folk and idle ways.Curious Punishments of Bygone Days|Alice Morse Earle
The struggle will be to the death; therefore, those who would sell the country to him you must exterminate without scruple.
If the villain willed my death, why not exterminate me at once?The Buccaneer|Mrs. S. C. Hall
You can no more hope to exterminate them by culture than you can hope to produce them by machinery.The Coming of the Friars|Augustus Jessopp
For any civilized nation to exterminate valuable and interesting species of wild mammals, birds or fishes is more than a disgrace.Our Vanishing Wild Life|William T. Hornaday
British Dictionary definitions for exterminate
Word Origin for exterminate
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.