Extirpate Definition

ĕkstər-pāt
extirpated, extirpates, extirpating
verb
extirpated, extirpates, extirpating
To destroy or remove completely; exterminate; abolish.
Webster's New World
To render absent or nonexistent.
American Heritage
To pull up by the roots; root out.
Webster's New World
To remove by surgery.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
helpleave-alone

Origin of Extirpate

  • From Latin exstirpō (“uproot”), from ex- (“out of”) + stirps (“the lower part of the trunk of a tree, including the roots; the stem, stalk”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin exstirpāre exstirpāt- ex- ex- stirps root

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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