Definition of extirpate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛkstəːpeɪt/


[with object]
Eradicate or destroy completely: timber wolves were extirpated from New England more than a century ago
More example sentences
  • And the roots of the 1950 conflict have yet to be extirpated.
  • Certainly whites must keep extirpating vestiges of racism, even within their own souls.
  • Much as one would wish it so, politically motivated violence directed at civilians by desperate people can no more be extirpated than can ‘evil’ itself.



Pronunciation: /ɛkstəːˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈɛkstəpeɪtə/
Example sentences
  • 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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