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Examples of extirpate in a sentence
the triumph of modern medicine in extirpating certain diseases
Did You Know?
If we do a little digging, we discover that extirpate finds its roots in, well, roots (and stumps). Early English uses of the word in the 16th century carried the meaning of "to clear of stumps" or "to pull something up by the root." Extirpate grew out of a combination of the Latin prefix ex- and the Latin noun stirps, meaning "trunk" or "root." The word stirp itself remains rooted in our own language as a term meaning "a line descending from a common ancestor."
Origin and Etymology of extirpate
Latin exstirpatus, past participle of exstirpare, from ex- + stirp-, stirps trunk, root
First Known Use: 1535
Synonym Discussion of extirpate
EXTIRPATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extirpate for English Language Learners
: to destroy or remove (something) completely
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