What does exterminate mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term exterminate:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. exterminate, kill off(verb)

    kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many

    "Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe"

  2. uproot, eradicate, extirpate, root out, exterminate(verb)

    destroy completely, as if down to the roots

    "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" "root out corruption"


  1. exterminate(Verb)

    To kill all of a population, usually deliberate and especially applied to pests.

    We'll use poison to exterminate the rats.

  2. exterminate(Verb)

    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

  3. Origin: From exterminatus, past participle of exterminare, itself from ex- + terminare (from terminus).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exterminate(verb)

    to drive out or away; to expel

  2. Exterminate(verb)

    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

  3. Exterminate(verb)

    to eliminate, as unknown quantities

  4. Origin: [L. exterminatus, p. p. of exterminare to abolish, destroy, drive out or away; ex out + terminus boundary, limit. See Term.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exterminate

    eks-tėr′mi-nāt, v.t. to destroy utterly: to put an end to: to root out.—adj. Exter′minable, that can be exterminated: used in the sense of 'illimitable' by Shelley.—n. Exterminā′tion, complete destruction or extirpation.—adjs. Exter′minātive, Exter′minātory, serving or tending to exterminate.—n. Exter′minātor.—v.t. Exter′mine (Shak.), to exterminate. [L. extermināre, -ātumex, out of, terminus.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exterminate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exterminate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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