Definition of extermination in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˌstəːmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˌstəːmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1Killing, especially of a whole group of people or animals: the near extermination of the buffalo herds
More example sentences
  • Sachsenhausen was primarily a camp for political opponents of the Nazis, not an extermination camp for the Jews.
  • A sufficiently strong lure would draw bands over many miles to a central location for easy en masse extermination.
  • In Whitewash, Reynolds does not defend his views about either genocide or extermination.
1.1Complete destruction.
Example sentences
  • Only the timely arrival of some Peigans prevented the complete extermination of the camp.
  • In the final two chapters, Koplow makes his final case against the extermination of the remaining smallpox stockpiles.
  • Pacification was the CIA's reader-friendly word for its extermination of civilian opposition to the US war machine in South Vietnam.

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