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EtymologyEdit

From Latin exterminātus, perfect passive participle of exterminō, itself from ex- + terminō (I finish, close, end) (from terminus (limit, end)).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɛkˈstəː.mɪ.neɪt/, /ɪkˈstəː.mɪ.neɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪkˈstɝ.mɪ.neɪt/, /ɛkˈstɝ.mɪ.neɪt/
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VerbEdit

exterminate (third-person singular simple present exterminates, present participle exterminating, simple past and past participle exterminated)

  1. (transitive) To kill all of a population, usually deliberate and especially applied to pests.
    We'll use poison to exterminate the rats.
  2. (figuratively, transitive) To bring a definite end to, finish completely. A rather strong word that implies that what has been ended won't resurface.
    Even a mass birching at the public school failed to exterminate truancy.

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