to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate.
to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an unwanted hair.
- ex·tir·pa·tion [ek-ster-pey-shuhn], /ˌɛk stərˈpeɪ ʃən/, noun
- ex·tir·pa·tive, adjective
- ex·tir·pa·tor, noun
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How to use extirpate in a sentence
Future nations will know by history only that the loathsome small-pox has existed and by you has been extirpated.Vaccines Can’t End Pandemics Alone—And We’ve Known That Since We Eradicated Smallpox | Kyle Harper | October 5, 2021 | Time
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott has revamped the HR operation and strived to open lines of communication, though the climate of paranoia instilled by late network founder Roger Ailes will take years to extirpate.
He had, moreover, the adroitness to extirpate that rivalry which alone destroys all united effort.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
After a reaction Louis renewed his efforts to extirpate the iniquity, and his son Philip continued to inflict severe penalties.Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls | Various
Many causes have combined to extirpate the shy and spirited fish.Angling Sketches | Andrew Lang
One of the most pathetic of human fallacies is the assumption that you have only to pass a law in order to extirpate an evil.
Grant us to extirpate these impious Mahometans, and to overturn their empire.The Ruins | C. F. [Constantin Francois de] Volney
British Dictionary definitions for extirpate
to remove or destroy completely
to pull up or out; uproot
to remove (an organ or part) surgically
- extirpation, noun
- extirpative, adjective
- extirpator, noun
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