Definition of extermination in English:



  • 1Killing, especially of a whole group of people or animals.

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