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exterminatory

[ik-stur-muh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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adjective
  1. serving or tending to exterminate.
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Also ex·ter·mi·na·tive [ik-stur-muh-ney-tiv] /ɪkˈstɜr məˌneɪ tɪv/.

Origin of exterminatory

First recorded in 1780–90; exterminate + -ory1
Related formsnon·ex·ter·mi·na·tive, adjectivenon·ex·ter·mi·na·to·ry, adjective
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Related Words

deadly, exterminatory

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Historical Examples

  • Against this new, this growing, this exterminatory system, all these churches have a common concern to defend themselves.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)

    Edmund Burke