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English verb: exterminate

1. exterminate (contact) kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many


SamplesHitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe.


ExamplesThey want to exterminate the prisoners


Synonymskill off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)kill

2. exterminate (creation) destroy completely, as if down to the roots


SamplesThe vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted.
Root out corruption.


Synonymseradicate, extirpate, root out, uproot


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)destroy, destruct









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