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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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