Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To tear up by the roots.
  • transitive v. To get rid of as if by tearing up by the roots: Their goal was to eradicate poverty. See Synonyms at abolish, eliminate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pull up by the roots; to uproot.
  • v. To completely destroy; to put an end to; to extirpate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pluck up by the roots; to root up.
  • transitive v. To root out; to destroy utterly; to extirpate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pull up by the roots; destroy at the roots; root out; extirpate: as, to eradicate weeds.
  • Hence To destroy thoroughly; remove utterly: as, to eradicate errors or disease.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. destroy completely, as if down to the roots
  • v. kill in large numbers

Etymologies

Middle English eradicaten, from Latin ērādīcāre, ērādīcāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + rādīx, rādīc-, root; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin eradicatus, past participle of ērādīcō ("uproot"), from e- ("out") + radix ("root"). Also see: radish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thus, the term eradicate does not mean that we have achieved a true stopping (‘gog-bden) of positive karmic force directed toward that bodhisattva, such that we can never build up any more again.

    The Twelve Links of Dependent Arising ��� Day Three: The Last Five Links and the Mechanism of Samsara

  • I would quickly make a pact with him to eradicate from the universe for all eternity all of the Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts, Billy Graham and television evangelist type of Christians.

    Matthew Yglesias » Did Haiti Form a Pact With the Devil?

  • ` ` He launched himself, that's something that we want to eradicate from the game.

    USATODAY.com

  • You seem to be having a lot of trouble with the idea that something that we consider wrong — something that we detest, that we refuse to tolerate, that we consider evil, that we wish to eradicate from the universe, that violates our deepest feelings about the way things should be, that we can't imagine could ever be considered acceptable by a sane person — nevertheless is not thereby objectively immoral.

    Carry-Over Thread

  • A magnetism prompted from beneath the belt, and which no military precaution, or experience, or solicitude for personal safety will eradicate from the canteen-bred soldier.

    On the Heels of De Wet

  • In so far as men do respect women, and not despise them, it seems to me that they respect them for exactly those qualities which they esteem in each other – and which, paradoxically enough, are for the most part exactly those qualities which they have done their best to erase and eradicate from the feminine character.

    Marriage as a Trade

  • Philosophy alone can boast, (and perhaps it is no more than the boast of philosophy,) that her gentle hand is able to eradicate from the human mind the latent and deadly principle of fanaticism.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • If we had some different people that didnt want to "eradicate" the deer herd, maybe we might be able to produce more high scale animals and have more of a fighting chance in protecting them.

    Wisconsin Senator Demands Firing of State Deer Managers

  • Mr. Dalton said he has been working since July to "eradicate" his Illinois holdings.

    Bond Buyers' Eyes Are on Illinois

  • Osborne has vowed to "eradicate" the structural deficit over the life of a parliament.

    George Osborne's claims do not stand up to scrutiny

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  • "Name a shrub after me. Something prickly and hard to eradicate." --Captain Aubrey, "Master and Commander"

    February 21, 2007