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extirpate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Extirpate  \Ex"tir*pate\  (?;  277),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Extirpated};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Extirpating}.]  [L.  extirpatus 
  exstirpatus  p.  p.  of  extirpare,  exstirpare  ex  out  +  strips 
  stock,  stem,  root.] 
  To  pluck  up  by  the  stem  or  root;  to  root  out  to  eradicate, 
  literally  or  figuratively;  to  destroy  wholly;  as  to 
  extirpate  weeds;  to  extirpate  a  tumor;  to  extirpate  a  sect; 
  to  extirpate  error  or  heresy. 
 
  Syn:  To  eradicate;  root  out  destroy;  exterminate; 
  annihilate;  extinguish. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  extirpate 
  v  1:  destroy  completely,  as  if  down  to  the  roots;  "the  vestiges 
  of  political  democracy  were  soon  uprooted"  [syn:  {uproot}, 
  {eradicate},  {exterminate}] 
  2:  pull  up  by  or  as  if  by  the  roots;  "uproot  the  vine  that  has 
  spread  all  over  the  garden"  [syn:  {uproot},  {deracinate}, 
  {root  out},  {pull  up}] 




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