• WordNet 3.6
    • v exterminate kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many "Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe"
    • v exterminate destroy completely, as if down to the roots "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Exterminate 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."
    • Exterminate To drive out or away; to expel. "They deposed, exterminated , and deprived him of communion."
    • Exterminate (Math) To eliminate, as unknown quantities.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • exterminate To drive beyond the limits or borders; drive away; expel.
    • exterminate To bring to an end; destroy utterly; root out; extirpate.
    • exterminate In algebra, to take away; eliminate: as, to exterminate surds or unknown quantities. Synonyms To uproot, abolish, annihilate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Exterminate eks-tėr′mi-nāt to destroy utterly: to put an end to: to root out
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exterminatus, p. p. of exterminare, to abolish, destroy, drive out or away; ex, out + terminus, boundary, limit. See Term
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. extermināre, -ātumex, out of, terminus.


In literature:

And the process of extermination is still working, as with other primitive types.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
It was necessary to save from extermination the Ottawa and Illinois tribes.
"The Makers of Canada: Bishop Laval" by A. Leblond de Brumath
It can be exterminated no more than sin itself.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 1, January 5, 1884." by Various
Not that they had been exterminated.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
The Israelites exterminated them and at last occupied their territory.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Once I marvelled that a just God could order his chosen people to exterminate any race.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
As a crime, it is worse than murder, for it is an attempt at wholesale though slow extermination.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
In less than fifteen minutes the flock is completely exterminated.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Terror had exterminated all the sentiments of nature.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
To continue the struggle meant extermination.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet

In poetry:

Upon the Tibetan plain
A limping caravan,
Dive, and exterminate
The Lama, late
Survival of old pain.
Go kill the dying swan.
"Ode To Our Young Pro-Consuls Of The Air" by Allen Tate
Lo, the level sun strikes sparkles
From his dark eyes brightly flashing.
Stern his voice: "These too shall perish.
I have vowed extermination.
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
If not quite true, as I have told it you,
This tale of mutual extermination,
To minds perplexed with threats of what comes next,
Perhaps may furnish food for contemplation.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A common wayside flower it grew,
Unhandsome and unnoticed too,
Except in deprecation
That such an herb unreared by toil,
Prolific cumberer of the soil,
Defied extermination.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Who still talks of the extermination of the Armenians.
Mormons returning to northwest Missouri, 174 years after 'extermination order'.
Extermination Camps of the Third Reich.
Besides collecting unused nails, Mr Gordon said, Mr Trump often performed the exterminating chores in his buildings by himself.
Yet the passage somehow fails to give the satisfaction a reader might expect from the capture of the Nazi who had coined the expression "the final solution" and become chief architect of Adolf Hitler's attempt to exterminate European Jewry.
Colleen Harrison MLive.com Meet Your Neighbors: Ryyan Kelley, right, and Tommy Dean are exterminators for Kelley's business, All American Pest Control.
Don Wigfield of Dodson Brothers Exterminating PHOTO BY WILL WALKER.
Spider bit is a waking nightmare for Dylan Baumann, whose Omaha apartment is infested, despite six visits by the exterminator.
Now some Houston renters said they're under attack, not just from the insects, but from managers of their apartment complex who are charging them to exterminate.
Tome Mines The Links Between Systemic Population Exterminations and Conquest.
I thought it might be bedbugs, but an exterminator ruled that out.
Arrow Exterminators Acquires Terminator Pest Control of Mississippi.
Exterminators will now be required to report to the Department of Public Health about the number of units that they treat for bedbugs each month.
Orkin, an exterminating company operating throughout the US, has listed Grand Junction and Montrose in the top 50 cities when it comes to bed bug infestation.
The Nazi dictator who led the extermination of Jews in World War II Europe is a subject of routine fascination in India.

In science:

This would evaporate the entire ocean and exterminate all planetary life.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres