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extinction

[ ik-stingk-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF extinction

Synonyms for extinction

  • annihilation
  • destruction
  • elimination
  • obsolescence
  • death
  • end of life
  • no life
  • thing of the past
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Thus manifestly a negligible factor, it is also one tending to extinction.

If this holy fire be too much confined, it will be in danger of extinction.

Warfare was on the road to extinction, threatened by its very excesses.

Every race which does not understand this necessity ends in extinction.

The Anglo-Saxon civilizes the other races or devotes them to extinction.

One cannot but desire that their extinction in these parts, which is certain, may be also speedy.

Why, he might want me to go, you know—which would bore me to extinction.

It may mean the extinction of Theos as an independent nation.

It was as if we had been casting a spell of extinction on each other's voices.

Rarity, as geology tells us, is the precursor to extinction.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Latin extinctionem/exstinctionem (nominative extinctio/exstinctio), noun of action from past participle stem of extinguere/exstinguere (see extinguish). Originally of fires, lights; figurative use, of wiping out a material thing (a debt, a person, a family, etc.) from early 17c.; of species by 1784.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EXTINCTION

annihilation

nounutter destruction.

curtains

nounthe end
  • bitter end
  • death
  • end of life
  • end of the line
  • exit
  • extinction
  • lights out
  • taps
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