extinct

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Recorded since 1432; from Latin extinctus, the past participle of extinguere (to put out, destroy, abolish, extinguish), corresponding to ex- + stinguere (to quench)

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

extinct (comparative more extinct, superlative most extinct)

  1. (dated) Extinguished, no longer alight (of fire, candles etc.)
    Poor Edward's cigarillo was already extinct.
  2. No longer used; obsolete, discontinued.
    Luckily, such ideas about race are extinct in current sociological theory.
  3. No longer in existence; having died out.
    The dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years.
  4. (volcanology) No longer actively erupting.
    Most of the volcanos on this island are now extinct.

SynonymsEdit

  • (volcanology: no longer erupting): dormant

AntonymsEdit

  • (no longer alight): burning
  • (having died out): extant
  • (volcanology: no longer erupting): active

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Last modified on 10 April 2014, at 05:30