exterminate

[ ik-stur-muh-neyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF exterminate
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXTERMINATE

The best of this war is, it enables me to exterminate so many bad artists.

It was then determined to exterminate the pirates at any cost.

They were coming with many more boats to exterminate every living thing.

Would you exterminate him because in your blindness you only note the debit side?

Shepherds have entered into a conspiracy to exterminate the wolves.

We will not attack you as Voltaire did; we will not exterminate you; we shall explain you.

But we must crush your armies, and exterminate your Government.

The pitiless Spaniard replied that he was under orders to exterminate all of that faith.

Some of them aim to protect and secure, while others aim to repress or exterminate.

He has his points, yet he's a pest, indeed; I would we could exterminate the breed.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "drive away," from Latin exterminatus, past participle of exterminare "drive out, expel, drive beyond boundaries," also, in Late Latin "destroy," from phrase ex termine "beyond the boundary," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + termine, ablative of termen "boundary, limit, end" (see terminus).

Meaning "destroy utterly" is from 1640s in English, a sense found in equivalent words in French and in the Vulgate; earlier in this sense was extermine (mid-15c.). Related: Exterminated; exterminating.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EXTERMINATE

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.