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Pronunciation:  ik'sturmu`neyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  destroy completely, as if down to the roots; "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted"
  2. [v]  kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many; "Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe"

EXTERMINATE is a 11 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: eradicate, extirpate, kill off, uproot
 See Also: destroy, destruct, kill



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*ter"mi*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Exterminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exterminating}.] [L.
exterminatus, p. p. of exterminare to abolish, destroy, drive
out or away; ex out + terminus boundary, limit. See {Term}.]
1. To drive out or away; to expel.

         They deposed, exterminated, and deprived him of
         communion.                            --Barrow.

2. To destroy utterly; to cut off; to extirpate; to
   annihilate; to root out; as, to exterminate a colony, a
   tribe, or a nation; to exterminate error or vice.

         To explode and exterminate rank atheism. --Bentley.

3. (Math.) To eliminate, as unknown quantities. [R.]

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