Definition of Extinguish

1. Verb. Put an end to; kill. "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children"

Exact synonyms: Snuff Out
Generic synonyms: Do Away With, Eliminate, Get Rid Of
Specialized synonyms: Stamp, Put Out, Smother
Derivative terms: Extinction, Snuffer, Snuffer

2. Verb. Put out, as of fires, flames, or lights. "Snuff out the candles"
Exact synonyms: Blow Out, Quench, Snuff Out
Specialized synonyms: Stub, Douse, Put Out, Black Out
Derivative terms: Extinction, Extinguisher, Extinguishing, Quenching
Antonyms: Ignite

3. Verb. Extinguish by crushing. "Stub out your cigar"
Exact synonyms: Crush Out, Press Out, Stub Out
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate

4. Verb. Terminate, end, or take out. "Eliminate my debts"

5. Verb. Kill in large numbers. "They want to extinguish the prisoners "; "The plague wiped out an entire population"

Definition of Extinguish

1. v. t. To quench; to put out, as a light or fire; to stifle; to cause to die out; to put an end to; to destroy; as, to extinguish a flame, or life, or love, or hope, a pretense or a right.

Definition of Extinguish

1. Verb. (transitive) to put out, as in fire; to end burning; to quench ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to destroy or abolish something ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to obscure or eclipse something ¹

4. Verb. (transitive psychology) to bring about the extinction of a conditioned reflex ¹

5. Verb. (transitive literally) to hunt down (a species) to extinction ¹

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Definition of Extinguish

1. [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Extinguish

1. 1. To abolish; to quench, as a flame; to cause loss of identity; to destroy. 2. In psychology, to progressively abolish a previously conditioned response. See: conditioning. Origin: L. Extinguo, to quench (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Extinguish

extinction angle
extinction coefficient
extinction factor
extinction oblique
extinction parallel
extinction symmetrical
extinguish (current term)

Literary usage of Extinguish

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"Mr. Henry Flanders, for appellants: Under thia arrangement Johnson & Higgins £0 Wall. were bound to satisfy the bond, and extinguish the lien of bottomry. ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"... that he should purify his soul from her mortal and terrestrial part ; that he should extinguish his appetites, enlighten his understanding, regulate his ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1894)
"I. " The Composition of Atmospheres which extinguish Flame." By FRANK CLOWES, D.Sc., Lond., Professor of Chemistry, University College, Nottingham. ..."

4. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"such fury as to baffle every effort to extinguish it. By great exertions the dock-yard was saved. Thefollowing Statistical Reports are extracted from the ..."

5. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. by Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Adgate Lipscomb, Albert Ellery Bergh (1905)
"... of a tract of country whereof the Indian right had never been extinguished, with power to such individuals to extinguish the Indian right. May 3d, 1790. ..."

6. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"Reversed. the land on which the railroad was built and extinguish the Indian title, or did they merely give to the company a right of way or other limited ..."

7. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson: Being His Autobiography, Correspondence by Thomas Jefferson, Henry Augustine Washington (1854)
"... of a tract of country whereof the Indian right had never been extinguished, with power to such, individuals to extinguish the Indian right. ..."

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