Definition of extirpate in English:


Line breaks: ex|tir¦pate
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkstəːpeɪt


[with object]



Pronunciation: /-ˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • The extirpation of beaver - a keystone species - in 1900 was especially devastating to the watershed.
  • But if they will be hated and chastised no matter what they do, what holds them back from a truly ruthless extirpation of their enemy?
  • These are the northern species the committee believes are facing imminent extirpation or extinction.


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  • Most people would notice a correlation like that, just in terms of cause, effect, the apparent proximity of events, etc., but not our eagle-eyed extirpator of heresy.
  • The Emperor was depicted as an imperator submitting himself to the service of the Church - an ideal Christian prince, Defender of Christendomand extirpator of heresy.
  • But where the land is unequal, it is better to make use of a narrower extirpator, and which has not so many tines.


late Middle English (as extirpation): from Latin exstirpare, from ex- 'out' + stirps 'a stem'.

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