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)
Origin: L. Exterminatus, p. P. Of exterminare to abolish, destroy, drive out or away; ex out + terminus boundary, limit. See Term.
(01 Mar 1998)
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