Vocabulary Builder: Extirpate

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Long Definition:

ex·tir·pate [ek-ster-peyt, ik-stur-peyt ] Pronunciation Key Show IPA Pronunciation

–verb (used with object), -pat·ed, -pat·ing.

1. to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate.
2. to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an unwanted hair.

[Origin: 1530–40; < L ex(s)tirp?tus plucked up by the stem (ptp. of ex(s)tirp?re), equiv. to ex- ex-1 + stirp- (s. of stirps) stem + -?tus -ate1]

ex·tir·pa·tion, noun
ex·tir·pa·tive, adjective
ex·tir·pa·tor, noun

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Short Definition: Exterminate

Sentences:

  • Our cat successfully extirpated our rodent infestation.
  • Extirpate any thought of going home. You are here for the long haul.

Mnemonic:
Eggs > Stir > Bait > Exterminate: I went fishing and took a dozen eggs along with my can of worms to fish with. I carefully cracked the eggs and stirred them into the bait with a long wooden spoon thinking that the fish would like egg-covered worms. Unfortunately, all of my worms were exterminated by the raw eggs, and I had to throw them out. I gave them a nice burial beside the river and marked the spot with egg shells.