from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of extirpating or rooting out; eradication; excision; total destruction: as, the extirpation of weeds from land; the extirpation of a diseased gland; the extirpation of evil principles from the heart; the extirpation of heresy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of extirpating or rooting out, or the state of being extirpated; eradication; excision; total destruction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of extirpating or uprooting.

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

  • noun the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence
  • noun surgical removal of a body part or tissue


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  • (n): (biol.) regional or localized extinction of species or populations.

    January 1, 2009

  • From p. 68 of Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time to Keep Silence":

    It seems tragic that a lifetime of ascesis effects no permanent mental extirpation equivalent to the physical extremes of Abelard and Origen and of the Skapetz of the Danube Delta.

    January 21, 2014

  • Though thieves in office face expiration

    Their penitence only earns expiation,

    So history owes

    Defiant bozos

    Contempt and complete extirpation.

    April 19, 2019