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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ROOT OUT

It is not possible to root out their prejudices, or correct their ill habits.

It contained a clause, that the King should root out heretics.

By no other means can we root out for ever the hopes of our enemies.

They want to root out the whole lot of us, why, then, should we have mercy on them?

Root out the love of self, as you might the autumn lotus with your hand.

Now, see how you can root out the earth with that stick and your hands.

Indeed, I fear that nothing can root out entirely this class in Russia.

We have raised our standard higher, and wish to root out all the weeds.

Use all your wisdom and diligence to root out the sin of pride.

It did not root out Shintoism, it simply overwhelmed and absorbed it.

WORD ORIGIN

"underground part of a plant," late Old English rot, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rot "root," figuratively "cause, origin," from Proto-Germanic *wrot (cf. Old English wyrt "root, herb, plant," Old High German wurz, German Wurz "a plant," Gothic waurts "a root," with characteristic Scandinavian loss of -w- before -r-), from PIE *wrad- (see radish (n.), and cf. wort). The usual Old English words for "root" were wyrttruma and wyrtwala.

Figurative use is from c.1200. Of teeth, hair, etc., from early 13c. Mathematical sense is from 1550s. Philological sense from 1520s. Slang meaning "penis" is recorded from 1846. In U.S. black use, "a spell effected by magical properties of roots," 1935. To take root is from 1530s. Root beer, made from the extracts of various roots, first recorded 1841, American English; root doctor is from 1821. Root cap is from 1875.

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