Definition of extirpate in English:



[with object]
  • Eradicate or destroy completely.

    ‘timber wolves were extirpated from New England more than a century ago’
    • ‘Occasionally there are extraordinary exceptions, such as the American alligator, which having been almost extirpated is once again abundant.’
    • ‘I doubt whether this will be fully achieved until Labour itself has been extirpated as a political force in Scotland, but a beginning must be made.’
    • ‘They don't extirpate every scintilla of self-doubt you've ever had.’
    • ‘In October 1830, George Augustus Robinson noted: ‘Nothing is heard of at Launceston but extirpating the original inhabitants.’’
    • ‘And the roots of the 1950 conflict have yet to be extirpated.’
    • ‘It was the brutal efforts of the English government to extirpate Catholicism that created the unbridgeable chasm between the two nations.’
    • ‘This would seem to make it all the more urgent that I extirpate the heresy - although, as we shall see, I don't think the argument constitutes such a threat to classical Marxist thought on this issue.’
    • ‘There should be no constitutional obligation to extirpate all historical religious references from American public life.’
    • ‘Even the blithe lovebird will extirpate its rival suitor in the most gruesome manner.’
    • ‘Yet the principle of independent thought was too firmly rooted in Athens to be extirpated by the death of one individual; and so in time the accusers of Socrates were condemned and Socrates himself posthumously exonerated.’
    • ‘Even the fall of the Roman Empire did not empower ruthless rebels or pseudoreligious cults to extirpate law and order in every corner of the realm.’
    • ‘The victor is the player who, when the referee's whistle goes to take the kick, can extirpate all of his surroundings and focus on the fundamental task in hand.’
    • ‘The US regulators are seeking to extirpate the cancer before it spreads any further.’
    • ‘‘The root of the evil and its branch,’ as Mr. Churchill said, ‘must be extirpated together.’’
    • ‘Certainly whites must keep extirpating vestiges of racism, even within their own souls.’
    • ‘Much as one would wish it so, politically motivated violence directed at civilians by desperate people can no more be extirpated than can ‘evil’ itself.’
    • ‘They're proposing a plan to extirpate themselves from the well-deserved guilt that they have for fermenting terror and militancy worldwide.’
    • ‘The letter continued with the hope that ‘Federal America will be able to extinguish this unrighteous rebellion, and extirpate the foul thing that so long has sullied her institutions and polluted her soul.’’
    • ‘The system is then under fire for not having foreseen the future, that is, for having released the patient before the illness was totally extirpated.’
    • ‘He had fought in a war to extirpate fascism and, in common with others who had seen the result of unthinking brutality, he hated the Nazis and their henchmen.’
    weed out, destroy, eradicate, stamp out, root out, eliminate, suppress, crush, put down, put an end to, put a stop to, do away with, get rid of, wipe out, abolish, extinguish, quash, squash
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Late Middle English (as extirpation): from Latin exstirpare, from ex- ‘out’ + stirps ‘a stem’.