Definition of extirpation in US English:



  • See extirpate

    • ‘These are the northern species the committee believes are facing imminent extirpation or extinction.’
    • ‘Judicious criticism, therefore, has a great and much needed part to play with regard to the extirpation of bad music.’
    • ‘The extirpation of beaver - a keystone species - in 1900 was especially devastating to the watershed.’
    • ‘But if they will be hated and chastised no matter what they do, what holds them back from a truly ruthless extirpation of their enemy?’
    • ‘What single social advance subtracted more from the sum of human misery than the extirpation of slavery in the nineteenth century?’