Extirpation

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Extirpation

The act of extirpating or rooting out, or the state of being extirpated; eradication; excision; total destruction; as, the extirpation of weeds from land, of evil from the heart, of a race of men, of heresy.

Origin: L. Extirpatio, exstirpatio: cf. F. Extirpation. Surgical removal of a body part or tissue.