extirpate [ek-ster-peyt, ik-stur-peyt]
verb (used with object), extirpated, extirpating.
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; < Latin ex(s)tirpātus plucked up by the stem (past participle of ex(s)tirpāre), equivalent to ex- ex- + stirp- (stem of stirps) stem + -ātus -ate
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