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extermine

[ ik-stur-min ]
/ ɪkˈstɜr mɪn /
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verb (used with object), ex·ter·mined, ex·ter·min·ing.Obsolete.

to exterminate.

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Origin of extermine

1425–75; late Middle English <Latin extermināre to drive beyond the boundaries. See ex-1, terminate
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