verb (used with object), ex·ter·mi·nat·ed, ex·ter·mi·nat·ing.
- exterior angle,
Origin of exterminate
Examples from the Web for extermination
Pioneers waged wars of extermination against wolves and other predators.Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical|Jedediah Purdy|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Camp Liberty was “a concentration camp” and “an extermination camp,” he said.Iranian Bombs and Black Swans in the Nuclear Negotiations|Christopher Dickey|December 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I was just the director of the extermination program at Auschwitz.
Even while I was doing the extermination work, I led a normal family life.
Her three-judge panel found the general guilty of waging a campaign not just of war but of extermination.Guatemalan Dictator Efrain Rios Montt Guilty of Genocide|Mac Margolis|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It seems to be doomed to extermination through the relentless hunting of it for its fur.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition|Vernon L. Kellogg
And as an exception, for the sake of His plan for the ultimate saving of a race, and a world, God gave an extermination order.Quiet Talks on Prayer|S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
A tax was laid for the extermination of wolves, which seem still to have been very numerous.A short history of Rhode Island|George Washington Greene
Whatever terms he might accept, and whatever Metternich might say, this war he felt sure was one for his extermination.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
How long shall men wage a war of scandal, extermination, and massacre against the advocates of miracles?Spencer's Letters|Orson Spencer
Word Origin for exterminate
mid-15c., "repulsion;" 1540s, "utter destruction," from Middle French extermination and directly from Latin exterminationem (nominative exterminatio), noun of action from past participle stem of exterminare (see 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.