exterminator

[ik-stur-muh-ney-ter]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that exterminates.
  2. a person or business establishment specializing in the elimination of vermin, insects, etc., from a building, apartment, etc., especially by the controlled application of toxic chemicals.

Origin of exterminator

From the Late Latin word exterminātor, dating back to 1605–15. See extermine, -ator
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Contemporary Examples of exterminator

  • Ditto the kind of people who let garbage pile up undisposed of (and don't or can't call an exterminator).

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    What Does it Mean to Be Poor?

    Megan McArdle

    September 17, 2012

  • And a rubbing alcohol/lavender oil mix works only as a short-term defense to buy time until the exterminator comes.

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    Vigilante Bedbug Exterminators

    Brian Ries

    August 27, 2010

  • An exterminator, Dill took a job in Iraq for a company contracted to do pest control on military bases.

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    The War's Quiet Scandal

    ProPublica

    February 25, 2010

  • Despite having the nickname “the exterminator,” DeLay did not try to exterminate wasteful spending when in power.

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    He's Back!

    John Avlon

    March 8, 2009

Historical Examples of exterminator

  • Cook as an exterminator of the human species seemed too glittering a novelty.

  • Sometimes they are enemies who must be immolated to Mars the exterminator.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

  • What would the Black Spider need to do to escape her exterminator?

    More Hunting Wasps

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Now, apparently, he was being pressed into service as an exterminator.

    Student Body

    Floyd L. Wallace

  • But neither supposition proved to be correct, for we presently picked up the “exterminator,” floating near us.

    The Island Home

    Richard Archer


Word Origin and History for exterminator
n.

c.1400, "an angel who expells (people from a country)," from Late Latin exterminator, from Latin exterminatus, past participle stem of exterminare (see exterminate). As a substance for ridding a place of rats, etc., by 1848. As a person whose job it is to do this, by 1938.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper