American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pull up by the roots.
- v. To destroy totally; exterminate. See Synonyms at abolish.
- v. To remove by surgery.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pull up by the roots; root out; eradicate; get rid of; expel; destroy totally: as, to extirpate weeds or noxious plants from a field; to extirpate cancer or a tumor; to extirpate a sect; to extirpate error or heresy.
- Synonyms To uproot, exterminate, abolish, annihilate.
- v. transitive, obsolete To clear an area of roots and stumps.
- v. transitive To pull up by the roots; uproot.
- v. transitive To destroy completely; to annihilate.
- v. transitive To surgically remove.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To pluck up by the stem or root; to root out; to eradicate, literally or figuratively; to destroy wholly
- v. destroy completely, as if down to the roots
- v. surgically remove (an organ)
- v. pull up by or as if by the roots
- From Latin exstirpō ("uproot"), from ex- ("out of") + stirps ("the lower part of the trunk of a tree, including the roots; the stem, stalk") (Wiktionary)
- Latin exstirpāre, exstirpāt- : ex-, ex- + stirps, root. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The English colonists were thus fulfilling their responsibility to protect as they proceeded to "extirpate" and "exterminate" the natives, in their words -- and for their own good, their honored successors explained.”
“And the single best example of that external control was the attempt to limit – and implicitly, extirpate – chattel slavery.”
“Alma's mission is to extirpate the black rats and other non-native species that are overrunning the islands, and Dave is bent on stopping the slaughter.”
“Perhaps some truly believe society must be arranged to extirpate any sign of differences between groups.”
“Indeed, Jefferson's writings on Indians are filled with the straightforward assertion that the natives are to be given a simple choice - to be "extirpate [d] from the earth" or to remove themselves out of the Americans 'way.”
“The many weeds in the lawn revealed a deep personality difference: Dad, as an impatient mechanical engineer, liked the instant solution of digging them up one by one from close enough to extirpate all the roots.”
“He was pleased that God had promoted the true faith “so honorably” and that the French monarchy had been able to “extirpate the poisonous roots with such prudence.””
“Well, it seems that lobbies have been able to extirpate themselves from this embarrassing regulation.”
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“Then it announced that it had had it all along – this was the moment when Ratzinger decided he must extirpate child abuse from the church.”
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