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exterminate

[ ik-stur-muh-neyt ]
/ ɪkˈstɜr məˌneɪt /
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verb (used with object), ex·ter·mi·nat·ed, ex·ter·mi·nat·ing.

to get rid of by destroying; destroy totally; extirpate: to exterminate an enemy; to exterminate insects.

RELATED WORDS

liquidation, eradication, slaughter, genocide, elimination, extinction, destruction, excision, obliteration, decimation, extinguishment

Nearby words

exterior angle, exteriority, exteriorize, exteriorly, exterminable, exterminate, extermination, exterminative, exterminator, exterminatory, extermine

Origin of exterminate

1535–45; < Latin exterminātus, past participle of extermināre to extermine; see -ate1
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exterminate

/ (ɪkˈstɜːmɪˌneɪt) /

verb

(tr) to destroy (living things, esp pests or vermin) completely; annihilate; eliminate
Derived Formsexterminable, adjectiveextermination, nounexterminative or exterminatory, adjectiveexterminator, noun

Word Origin for exterminate

C16: from Latin extermināre to drive away, from terminus boundary
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