AskDefine | Define eradicate

Dictionary Definition



1 kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire population" [syn: eliminate, annihilate, extinguish, wipe out, decimate, carry off]
2 destroy completely, as if down to the roots; "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" [syn: uproot, extirpate, exterminate]

User Contributed Dictionary



From eradicatus, past participle of ērādīcō "uproot", from e- "out" + radix "root".


  • /ɪˈræd.ɪ.keɪt/, /I"r

Extensive Definition

wikt eradication Eradication is the elimination or destruction of a thing or group.
Eradication may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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