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exterminate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of exterminate

  1. to destroy all traces of hope that the fumigant exterminates the whole colony of cockroaches, for any survivors may be resistant to any poison Synonyms of exterminate abolish, black out, blot out, cancel, clean (up), efface, eradicate, erase, expunge, annihilate, extirpate, liquidate, obliterate, root (out), rub out, snuff (out), stamp (out), sweep (away), wipe outWords Related to exterminate decimate, demolish, destroy, devastate, ravage; dismantle, flatten, mow (down), raze, tear down; ruin, total, waste, wreck; blast, blow up, dash, dynamite, smash; atomize, consume, devour, dissolve, fragment, powder, pulverize, shatter, splinter; doom, finish, kill, kill off, terminate, zap; cancel, cut, discard, ditch, eject, excise, expel, jettison, oust, throw outNear Antonyms of exterminate conserve, preserve, protect, save; build, construct, create, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, frame, make, manufacture, shape; fix, mend, patch, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, renew, renovate, repair, restore, revamp

Synonym Discussion of exterminate

exterminate, extirpate, eradicate, uproot mean to effect the destruction or abolition of something. exterminate implies complete and immediate extinction by killing off all individuals.
    • exterminate cockroaches
extirpate implies extinction of a race, family, species, or sometimes an idea or doctrine by destruction or removal of its means of propagation.
    • many species have been extirpated from the area
eradicate implies the driving out or elimination of something that has established itself.
    • a campaign to eradicate illiteracy
uproot implies a forcible or violent removal and stresses displacement or dislodgment rather than immediate destruction.
    • the war uprooted thousands


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