Definition of extermination in US English:

extermination

noun

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

    ‘the near extermination of the buffalo herds’
    • ‘The principal reasons of their disappearance were extermination of predators and their prey and habitat destruction.’
    • ‘In 1945 Stalin, as the master of East Germany, turned extermination back on the Germans, though his revenge is less well known.’
    • ‘What they do understand is ruthless extermination of opponents.’
    • ‘This inscription awakens the memory of the people whose sons and daughters were intended for total extermination.’
    • ‘Sachsenhausen was primarily a camp for political opponents of the Nazis, not an extermination camp for the Jews.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't think England has fully recovered from the extermination of Christians by the Normans, to the present day.’
    • ‘For them, aggressive war across national frontiers was a more salient risk than the extermination of peoples within states.’
    • ‘The extermination of all foreigners was ordered.’
    • ‘The exhibition records the systematic extermination of six million people.’
    • ‘A sufficiently strong lure would draw bands over many miles to a central location for easy en masse extermination.’
    • ‘Many were sent to the nearby Belzec extermination center, or to the extermination centers at Treblinka and Sobibor.’
    • ‘Again the army was sent in with extermination orders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Similarly, genocide does not encompass the extermination of a group on political grounds.’
    • ‘In Whitewash, Reynolds does not defend his views about either genocide or extermination.’
    • ‘I saw our Jewish neighbors lined up on the street corner to be hauled off by railroad freight cars to extermination camps.’
    • ‘We asked them, both with more than 35 years of extermination experience, to verify what we videotaped.’
    killing, murder, assassination, putting to death, doing to death, execution, dispatch, slaughter, massacre, genocide
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    1. 1.1 Complete destruction.
      • ‘The extermination of anti-social elements does, after all, have a somewhat controversial history.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For example, extermination of a big battle cruiser is such a task.’
      • ‘Only the timely arrival of some Peigans prevented the complete extermination of the camp.’
      • ‘In the final two chapters, Koplow makes his final case against the extermination of the remaining smallpox stockpiles.’
      • ‘Pacification was the CIA's reader-friendly word for its extermination of civilian opposition to the US war machine in South Vietnam.’
      • ‘By Francesco's own account, his fervent belief that he was (again) witnessing the "extermination of his Casa," drove him out of his mind.’
      • ‘The Exokernel architecture advocates for a total extermination of all kernel abstractions.’

Pronunciation

extermination

/ikˌstərməˈnāSH(ə)n//ɪkˌstərməˈneɪʃ(ə)n/