Definition of extermination in English:

extermination

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Killing, especially of a whole group of people or animals.

    ‘the near extermination of the buffalo herds’
    • ‘Similarly, genocide does not encompass the extermination of a group on political grounds.’
    • ‘The Nazis carried out mass extermination of Jews at camps like these.’
    • ‘Many were sent to the nearby Belzec extermination center, or to the extermination centers at Treblinka and Sobibor.’
    • ‘The extermination of all foreigners was ordered.’
    • ‘But he still feels pretty bad about having once annihilated a nest of baby squirrels back when he was still breaking into the extermination business.’
    • ‘We asked them, both with more than 35 years of extermination experience, to verify what we videotaped.’
    • ‘A sufficiently strong lure would draw bands over many miles to a central location for easy en masse extermination.’
    • ‘In 1945 Stalin, as the master of East Germany, turned extermination back on the Germans, though his revenge is less well known.’
    • ‘In Whitewash, Reynolds does not defend his views about either genocide or extermination.’
    • ‘Forget the quick fix and save Bradford from extermination.’
    • ‘The principal reasons of their disappearance were extermination of predators and their prey and habitat destruction.’
    • ‘When the white backed vulture, as a species, faces the threat of extermination, what hope is there for other wildlife?’
    • ‘Again the army was sent in with extermination orders.’
    • ‘I saw our Jewish neighbors lined up on the street corner to be hauled off by railroad freight cars to extermination camps.’
    • ‘This inscription awakens the memory of the people whose sons and daughters were intended for total extermination.’
    • ‘For them, aggressive war across national frontiers was a more salient risk than the extermination of peoples within states.’
    • ‘The exhibition records the systematic extermination of six million people.’
    • ‘Sachsenhausen was primarily a camp for political opponents of the Nazis, not an extermination camp for the Jews.’
    • ‘I don't think England has fully recovered from the extermination of Christians by the Normans, to the present day.’
    • ‘What they do understand is ruthless extermination of opponents.’
    killing, murder, assassination, putting to death, doing to death, execution, dispatch, slaughter, massacre, genocide
    taking of someone's life, homicide, manslaughter, liquidation, elimination, destruction, eradication, annihilation, wiping out, extinction
    slaying
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    1. 1.1Complete destruction.
      • ‘In the final two chapters, Koplow makes his final case against the extermination of the remaining smallpox stockpiles.’
      • ‘For example, extermination of a big battle cruiser is such a task.’
      • ‘The Exokernel architecture advocates for a total extermination of all kernel abstractions.’
      • ‘Pacification was the CIA's reader-friendly word for its extermination of civilian opposition to the US war machine in South Vietnam.’
      • ‘As a result large scale extermination of St. John's Wort has been undertaken in Australia.’
      • ‘After the attempted extermination, one of the janitors tried to light a cigarette, which ignited the solvent.’
      • ‘The extermination of anti-social elements does, after all, have a somewhat controversial history.’
      • ‘By Francesco's own account, his fervent belief that he was (again) witnessing the "extermination of his Casa," drove him out of his mind.’
      • ‘Only the timely arrival of some Peigans prevented the complete extermination of the camp.’

Pronunciation:

extermination

/ɛkˌstəːmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n//ɪkˌstəːmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/