AskDefine | Define extermination

Dictionary Definition



1 complete annihilation; "they think a meteor cause the extinction of the dinosaurs" [syn: extinction]
2 the act of exterminating [syn: liquidation]

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  1. The act of exterminating; total destruction; eradication; excision; as, the extermination of inhabitants or tribes, of error or vice, or of weeds from a field.
  2. Elimination.

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.
extermination in Czech: Exterminace
extermination in Ukrainian: Екстермінація

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