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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Exterminate  \Ex*ter"mi*nate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Exterminated};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Exterminating}.]  [L. 
  exterminatus  p.  p.  of  exterminare  to  abolish,  destroy,  drive 
  out  or  away  ex  out  +  terminus  boundary,  limit.  See  {Term}.] 
  1.  To  drive  out  or  away  to  expel. 
 
  They  deposed,  exterminated,  and  deprived  him  of 
  communion.  --Barrow. 
 
  2.  To  destroy  utterly;  to  cut  off  to  extirpate;  to 
  annihilate;  to  root  out  as  to  exterminate  a  colony,  a 
  tribe,  or  a  nation;  to  exterminate  error  or  vice. 
 
  To  explode  and  exterminate  rank  atheism.  --Bentley. 
 
  3.  (Math.)  To  eliminate,  as  unknown  quantities.  [R.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  exterminate 
  v  1:  kill  en  masse;  kill  on  a  large  scale;  kill  many  "Hitler 
  wanted  to  exterminate  the  Jews,  Gypsies,  Communists,  and 
  homosexuals  of  Europe"  [syn:  {kill  off}] 
  2:  destroy  completely,  as  if  down  to  the  roots;  "the  vestiges 
  of  political  democracy  were  soon  uprooted"  [syn:  {uproot}, 
  {eradicate},  {extirpate}] 




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