AskDefine | Define exterminate

Dictionary Definition



1 kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many; "Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe" [syn: kill off]
2 destroy completely, as if down to the roots; "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" [syn: uproot, eradicate, extirpate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. to bring an end to. A rather strong word that implies that what has been ended won't resurface.
  2. to kill all of.
    We'll use poison to exterminate the rats.


to bring an end to. A rather strong word that implies that what has been ended won't resurface
  • Kurdish:
to kill all of

Extensive Definition

Extermination is the act of killing or murdering with the intention of eradicating demographics within a population.
  • Extermination of insects or vermin relates to the field of pest control. The term is not preferred by pest control practitioners.
  • In the popular British television show Doctor Who "Exterminate!" (usually pronounced "EX-TER-MIN-ATE, with each syllable heavily emphasised), is the battle cry of the Daleks. It is also the Daleks' intention to exterminate every other form of life in the universe.
exterminate in Czech: Exterminace
exterminate in Ukrainian: Екстермінація

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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
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