Definition of extermination in English:


Syllabification: ex·ter·mi·na·tion
Pronunciation: /ikˌstərməˈnāSHən


  • 1Killing, especially of a whole group of people or animals: the near extermination of the buffalo herds
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    • 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.
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    • 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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