[syn: uproot, eradicate, extirpate, root out, exterminate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Exterminate \Ex*ter"mi*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Exterminated; p. pr. & vb. n. Exterminating.] [L.
exterminatus, p. p. of exterminare to abolish, destroy, drive
out or away; ex out + terminus boundary, limit. See Term.]
1. To drive out or away; to expel.
They deposed, exterminated, and deprived him of
2. To destroy utterly; to cut off; to extirpate; to
annihilate; to root out; as, to exterminate a colony, a
tribe, or a nation; to exterminate error or vice.
To explode and exterminate rank atheism. --Bentley.
3. (Math.) To eliminate, as unknown quantities. [R.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many; "Hitler
wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and
homosexuals of Europe" [syn: exterminate, kill off]
2: destroy completely, as if down to the roots; "the vestiges of
political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"
[syn: uproot, eradicate, extirpate, root out,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
72 Moby Thesaurus words for "exterminate":
abate, abolish, annihilate, bereave of life, blot out, bump off,
butcher, carry away, carry off, cast off, chloroform, cut down,
cut off, cut out, deprive of life, deracinate, destroy, dispatch,
dispel, dispose of, do away with, do for, do to death, eliminate,
end, eradicate, execute, extinguish, extirpate, finish, finish off,
fling off, get rid of, immolate, kill, launch into eternity,
liquidate, lynch, make away with, martyr, martyrize, massacre,
murder, obliterate, poison, purge, put away, put down,
put to death, put to sleep, remove, remove from life, root out,
root up, rub out, sacrifice, shake off, shoo, slaughter, slay,
stamp out, starve, sweep away, take life, take off, terminate,
throw away, throw off, uproot, waste, weed out, wipe out