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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of extirpate.


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  • The woman with the metastatic cancer is not going to be cured by a radical mastectomy, no matter how aggressively and meticulously Halsted extirpates the tumor in her breast: her cancer is no longer a local problem.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • I think that the intellect and moral sentiment are unanimous; and that though philosophy extirpates bugbears, yet it supplies the natural checks of vice, and polarity to the soul.

    Representative Men

  • So you have to get at the cancer that creates the growths, and that ` s different than the force that extirpates the malignant growth.

    Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever

  • If he believes that an organ is at best a useless survival, and that if he extirpates it the patient will be well and none the worse in a fortnight, whereas to await the natural cure would mean a month's illness, then he is clearly justified in recommending the operation even if the cure without operation is as certain as anything of the kind ever can be.

    The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors

  • But if he operates on the throat and kills the patient, or extirpates an internal organ and keeps the whole nation palpitating for days whilst the patient hovers in pain and fever between life and death, his fortune is made: every rich man who omits to call him in when the same symptoms appear in his household is held not to have done his utmost duty to the patient.

    The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors

  • The exercise of the religious nature is the gymnastics of the soul, and the disuse of the religious nature extirpates its capacity.

    Mornings in the College Chapel Short Addresses to Young Men on Personal Religion

  • For he saith that she both brings in virtue, and extirpates vice, nay rather she suffers it not to spring up at all

    NPNF1-12. Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians

  • The oriental custom according to which the new ruler extirpates the preceding dynasty, was not systematically carried out by David, and a special exception was made in favour of a son left by Jonathan.


  • Hence the action of man upon the organic world tends to derange its original balances, and while it reduces the numbers of some species, or even extirpates them altogether, it multiplies other forms of animal and vegetable life.

    Earth as Modified by Human Action, The~ Original Preface (historical)

  • The wandering savage grows no cultivated vegetable, fells no forest, and extirpates no useful plant, no noxious weed.

    Earth as Modified by Human Action, The~ Chapter 01 (historical)


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