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  • n. The act of extirpating or uprooting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • 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

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

    January 1, 2009