extirpate extirpate  /ˈɛk stər ˌpeɪt/


  1. (v) destroy completely, as if down to the roots
  2. (v) pull up by or as if by the roots
  3. (v) surgically remove (an organ)


  1. Some biblical commentators suggest that the circumcision was meant as much as a reminder to the Lord as to the Israelites, a kind of divine Post-it not to extirpate these people.
  2. Little, after all, has been done since April 4, 1968, to extirpate racism or to clothe with reality King's dream of social justice.
  3. Dictator Premier Antnio de Oliveira Salazar was marshaling his forces to extirpate the black rebels of Angola, Portugal's richest overseas possession.


  • Regulations: Job crushers or life savers?

    House Speaker John Boehner blasts “job-crushing regulations.” The House majority leader, Eric Cantor, prefers a variant: “job-destroying regulations.” That mantra has been repeated so much that we might think that all regulations do is crush, destroy, annihilate, maim, gut, crucify and extirpate jobs.
    on May 4, 2014     Source: Santa Fe New Mexican


  1. "Terrorism is terrible enough, but the mindless, knee-jerk reaction to extirpate the evil is more discomforting," Puno said. "One visible result of the scramble to end terrorism is to take legal shortcuts and legal shortcuts always shrink the...
    on Apr 22, 2007 By: Reynato Puno Source: INQ7.net

  2. "It is desirable that my arrival in Iraq be marked by clear, public and decisive steps," Mr. Bremer wrote in the memo. "These should reinforce our overall policy messages and reassure Iraqis that we are determined to extirpate Saddamism."
    on Mar 17, 2008 By: Paul Bremer Source: Tuscaloosa News (subscription)

  3. "I have lived to see state after state extirpate its wolves," Leopold wrote 55 years ago. "I have seen every edible bush and seedling browsed, first to anemic desuetude, and then to death."
    on Dec 8, 2004 By: Aldo Leopold Source: AScribe (press release)

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