- to put out (a fire, light, etc.); put out the flame of (something burning or lighted): to extinguish a candle.
- to put an end to or bring to an end; wipe out of existence; annihilate: to extinguish hope.
- to obscure or eclipse, as by superior brilliance.
- Law. to discharge (a debt), as by payment.
Origin of extinguish
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Related Wordsdestruction, elimination, eradication, excision, extermination, extinction, genocide, liquidation, obliteration, slaughter, decimation, abolishment, abrogation, annulment, cancellation, ending, invalidation, nullification, termination, voidance
Examples from the Web for 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.
- to put out or quench (a light, flames, etc)
- to remove or destroy entirely; annihilate
- archaic to eclipse or obscure by or as if by superior brilliance
- law to discharge (a debt)
Word Origin and History for extinguishment
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.
- To bring about the extinction of a conditioned response.