from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having the ability to destroy completely or eradicate.
- n. That which eradicates.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tending or serving to eradicate; curing or destroying thoroughly, as a disease or any evil.
- n. A medicine that effects a radical cure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending to eradicate or extirpate; removing or serving to remove entirely.
- n. In medicine, a remedy that effects a radical cure.
That manifold term - "secularism" - would return to American civic life in later decades; but rather than serving as an eradicative force against public and even private religiosity, this new, soft secularism would be instrumental in achieving equality and unity among diverse groups, from Roman Catholics to Jews to African-Americans and women.
It is always curative and eradicative of disease to a degree never before attained by the highest skill in other methods of treatment in like cases.