extirpateverb [ T ]uk /ˈek.stɜː.peɪt/ us /ˈek.stɚ.peɪt/ formal
Thesaurus: synonyms and related words
- be sacrificed on the altar of sth idiom
- blast/blow sb/sth to kingdom come idiom
- kill sth off
- kill the goose that lays the golden egg idiom
- knock sth down
- knock sth out
- stave sth in
- take sb/sth out
- tear 1
- tear sth apart
- tear sth down
noun [ U ] uk /ˌek.stɜːˈpeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌek.stɚˈpeɪ.ʃən/
Examples from literature
- It never attempted to extirpate its rivals.
- Our religion is intended to extirpate vices, whereas it screens, nourishes, and incites them.
- The only security was in extirpating the power.
- When jealousy is once suffered to take root, it is impossible to extirpate it—therefore it is better not to let it gain ground.