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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of exterminare 'to drive out', from terminus 'edge'

exterminate

verb
     
ex‧ter‧mi‧nate [transitive]
to kill large numbers of people or animals of a particular type so that they no longer exist:
Staff use the poison to exterminate moles and rabbits.
exterminator noun [countable]
extermination noun [uncountable and countable]
the extermination of the indigenous peoples

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