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Apr 09 2020 24

Extirpate is a verb that means to destroy completely.

Our word of the day comes from the Latin word stirps (steer PEE ess) which means ‘trunk’ or ‘roots.’ The addition of the prefix ‘EX’ gets us to a word that means ‘to pull up from the roots.’ When something is pulled up from the roots it is eliminated completely. Florence wanted those horrible photos extirpated. She didn’t just want them out of her sight, she wanted them fully destroyed.