• WordNet 3.6
    • n extirpation the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence
    • n extirpation surgical removal of a body part or tissue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Extirpation The act of extirpating or rooting out, or the state of being extirpated; eradication; excision; total destruction; as, the extirpation of weeds from land, of evil from the heart, of a race of men, of heresy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n extirpation The act of extirpating or rooting out; eradication; excision; total destruction: as, the extirpation of weeds from land; the extirpation of a diseased gland; the extirpation of evil principles from the heart; the extirpation of heresy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Extirpation extermination: total destruction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. extirpatio, exstirpatio,: cf. F. extirpation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exstirpāre, -ātumex, out, and stirps, a root.


In literature:

The people had made many attempts to extirpate these manitoes, but the war parties that went out for this purpose were always unsuccessful.
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
May the Gods extirpate you, Syrus, for thrusting me away from here.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
But on a sudden the Jesuits determined to extirpate them, and the storm broke out with the most inveterate vehemence.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
In the extirpation of Lutheranism I am aided as much by the efforts of his Majesty as by the authority of the pope.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
They must be extirpated, root and branch.
"Villegagnon" by W.H.G. Kingston
They were, however, soon extirpated by the American government.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Extirpation by the knife is not practicable, as the walls of the tumor are not sufficiently defined.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
He had dedicated himself to its extirpation.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Ought not these capitaineries to be extirpated?
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
Extirpated they may have been, like the Moors of Spain, but extirpation is not apostasy.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
We extirpated the salivary glands of dogs in order to find out if they would slobber without them.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
By metaphor they mean the assembling of like things, and the selection and extirpation of unlike things.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The deer have not yet been extirpated, for often and again I saw their tracks in the snow along the banks of the railway.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
There exists a powerful league of patriots, who have sworn to extirpate the barbarians from the face of this country.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
In the United States the reward is fifteen and twenty dollars a head, and from their new settlements the wolves are quickly extirpated.
"Sketches in Canada, and rambles among the red men" by Anna Brownell Jameson
The plant is not so very common, but it has to be watched for and extirpated when found.
"Two Years in Oregon" by Wallis Nash
The soldiers and the common people united against these rascals, but they were too strong to be utterly extirpated.
"A Short History of Italy" by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
No, my brethren, the object of the administration we sit under is to extirpate sin, but it is not to sweep away materialism.
"The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences" by Edward Hitchcock
The very opposite is naturally the result of the extirpation of the ovaries in women.
"Beauty" by Alexander Walker
It was extirpated in Hariana about 1824.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various

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.