[ ek-ster-pey-tid, ik-stur-pey- ]


  1. having been destroyed or removed:

    Histological examination determined that all the extirpated tumors were meningiomas.

  2. Biology. Ecology. (of a species) no longer found in a given area; locally or regionally extinct:

    In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the James River is the last confirmed holdout for the nearly extirpated Atlantic sturgeon.

    The successful reintroduction of an extirpated species such as the scarlet ibis indicates that it may be possible to recover at least part of the original biota of the region.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of extirpate.

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Other Words From

  • un·ex·tir·pat·ed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of extirpated1

First recorded in 1695–1705; extirpate ( def ) + -ed 2( def ) for the adjective senses; extirpate ( def ) + -ed 1( def ) for the verb sense

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Example Sentences

Government activism on behalf of the common man was an unforgivable sin to be extirpated from the body politic.

Anciently the Magnetes were utterly extirpated by Treres, a Cimmerian tribe, who for a long period made successful inroads.

And so, at last, by assiduous but bloody work, the Reformation was completely extirpated from Cateau Cambrsis.

The most noble pride there took root amongst the ruins of extirpated vanity.

It was nearly extirpated in these regions, but it is springing up again, owing to circumstances.

This war is to be brought to a triumphant close, and the cause of the war extirpated, whether you like it or not.