- 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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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extirpate — I verb abolish, annihilate, annul, blast, blot out, bring to ruin, cancel, consume, cut down, deal destruction, demolish, deracinate, desolate, destroy, devastate, devour, dissolve, do away with, efface, eliminate, end, eradicare, eradicate,… … Law dictionary
extirpate — (v.) 1530s, usually figurative, from L. extirpatus/exstirpatus, pp. of extirpare/exstirpare (see EXTIRPATION (Cf. extirpation)). Related: Extirpated; extirpating … Etymology dictionary
extirpate — *exterminate, eradicate, uproot, deracinate, wipe Analogous words: extinguish, *abolish, annihilate: obliterate, efface, expunge, *erase, blot out: *destroy, demolish, raze Contrasted words: propagate, *generate, engender, breed … New Dictionary of Synonyms
extirpate — [v] destroy; uproot abate, abolish, annihilate, blot out*, cut out, demolish, deracinate, efface, eliminate, eradicate, erase, excise, expunge, exsect, exterminate, extinguish, kill, raze, remove, root out, wipe out*; concepts 211,252 Ant. help,… … New thesaurus
extirpate — ► VERB ▪ search out and destroy completely. DERIVATIVES extirpation noun extirpator noun. ORIGIN Latin exstirpare, from stirps a stem … English terms dictionary
extirpate — [eks′tər pāt΄; ] also [ ek stʉr′pāt΄] vt. extirpated, extirpating [< L extirpatus, pp. of extirpare, exstirpare, to root out < ex , out + stirps, lower part of a tree, root < IE base * ster , stiff > STARE, STARVE, STARK] 1. to pull… … English World dictionary
extirpate — UK [ˈekstɜː(r)peɪt] / US [ˈekstɜrˌpeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms extirpate : present tense I/you/we/they extirpate he/she/it extirpates present participle extirpating past tense extirpated past participle extirpated very formal to completely… … English dictionary
extirpate — extirpation, n. extirpative, adj. extirpator, n. /ek steuhr payt , ik sterr payt/, v.t., extirpated, extirpating. 1. to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate. 2. to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an… … Universalium
extirpate — transitive verb ( pated; pating) Etymology: Latin exstirpatus, past participle of exstirpare, from ex + stirp , stirps trunk, root Date: 1535 1. a. to destroy completely ; wipe out b. to pull up by the root 2. to cut out by surgery Synonym … New Collegiate Dictionary
extirpate — verb /ˈɛkstɜːpeɪt,ˈɛkstɝːpeɪt/ a) To pull up by the roots; uproot. b) To destroy completely; to annihilate. Syn: extricate, uproot, deracinate, annihilate … Wiktionary