Origin of extinction
Examples from the Web for extinction
How might we resurrect a tradition threatened with extinction?
And thanks to oil palm plantations springing up in Africa, chimpanzees are in danger of extinction.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees|Carrie Arnold|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Over this image we hear: “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”
Even the Native Americans, who were massacred almost to the point of extinction, escaped the curse of race slavery.Rand Paul’s Comments on GOP Voter-ID Laws Mark a Turning Point|James Poulos|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the animal is “teetering on the brink of extinction.”Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too|Joanna Eede|February 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The rapid and lucid working of the mind to the instant of extinction, is the marvel that still astonishes me.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
Preventive medicine has achieved no other work comparing in magnitude and importance with the extinction of the plague in Europe.
Now you may go and rescue Madge from the major, who has been 'H'm-ha-ing' her to extinction for the last half-hour.The King of Arcadia|Francis Lynde
And does not the same law of advance or extinction apply to man?The Whence and the Whither of Man|John Mason Tyler
Well, sir, it matters little which of us is to witness the extinction of this Plutocracy.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)|Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for extinction
Word Origin and History for extinction
early 15c., from Latin extinctionem/exstinctionem (nominative extinctio/exstinctio), noun of action from past participle stem of extinguere/exstinguere (see extinguish). Originally of fires, lights; figurative use, of wiping out a material thing (a debt, a person, a family, etc.) from early 17c.; of species by 1784.