extirpate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v extirpate surgically remove (an organ)
    • v extirpate pull up by or as if by the roots "uproot the vine that has spread all over the garden"
    • v extirpate destroy completely, as if down to the roots "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • extirpate To pull up by the roots; root out; eradicate; get rid of; expel; destroy totally: as, to extirpate weeds or noxious plants from a field; to extirpate cancer or a tumor; to extirpate a sect; to extirpate error or heresy.
    • extirpate Synonyms To uproot, exterminate, abolish, annihilate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Extirpate eks′tėr-pāt to root out: to destroy totally: to exterminate—(obs.) Extirp′
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exstirpāre, -ātumex, out, and stirps, a root.

Usage

In literature:

Of these animals the most important for the last fifty years has been the walrus, but it too is in course of being extirpated.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
This effected its object, and the Templars were extirpated.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
The Whigs seem determined to extirpate the Tories, and the Tories the Whigs.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
The Varani of Camerino and the Manfredi of Faenza had been already extirpated.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
I believed that I could comprehend enough of their method of extirpation to benefit my own country.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
Was it not the natural and inevitable step to endeavour to extirpate those fire-brands?
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
It was nearly extirpated in these regions, but it is springing up again, owing to circumstances.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
They heard me in silence; the majority of them had already looked on me as one extirpated from their band.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
If the donkey-boys were extirpated it might be fine on a fine day.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
We preserve the feeble and extirpate the strong.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
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In poetry:

The spurious prince still seeks to extirpate
The seed of natures born imperial--
Like Herod, Caiaphas, Meletus, all
Who by bad acts sustain their stolen state.
"Sonnet XV." by Tommaso Campanella

In news:

The TDAP flap is dissected with the patient in the decubitus position, creating an additional step to change operative position, and separates extirpative and reconstructive stages.
A species of lizard is now extinct from the Hawaiian Islands , making it the latest native vertebrate species to become extirpated from this tropical archipelago.
A federally protected endangered species, sea otter s were extirpated off the Oregon coast in 1906 when the last one was confirmed killed.
A federally protected endangered species, sea otters were extirpated off the Oregon coast in 1906 when the last one was confirmed killed.
Once extirpated in large numbers from the Texas Plains, the often-maligned prairie dog has found an unlikely new home.
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