verb (used with object)
Origin of extinguish
Synonyms for extinguish
Antonyms for extinguish
Examples from the Web for extinguishment
Historical Examples of extinguishment
His universe could scarcely note the extinguishment of a sun.Mixed Faces
"It is just extinguishment; that's the word for it," muttered he.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
The one cardinal principle which he laid down was the extinguishment of debt.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
The extinguishment of the burning roof, for the time, was complete.Ned in the Block-House
Edward S. Ellis
If emancipation was the sole object, the extinguishment of slavery would be easy, cheap, and complete.
Word Origin for extinguish
c.1500 (implied in extinguishable), from Latin extinguere/exstinguere "quench, wipe out, obliterate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + stinguere "quench," from PIE *steig- "to prick, stick, pierce." Related: Extinguished; extinguishing.