extinguish

To extinguish something means to put an end to it, and get rid of it completely. Water can extinguish a fire; nasty smells can extinguish your appetite.

Extinguish comes from the Latin word for quench, but while we might think that quenching something, say our thirst, is good, the word extinguish often has sinister overtones. In a genocide, one group tries to extinguish another — too quench their hatred, by killing everyone in the other group.

Definitions of extinguish
1

v put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

“Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained”
Synonyms:
blow out, quench, snuff out
Antonyms:
ignite, light
cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
Types:
stub
extinguish by crushing
douse, put out
put out, as of a candle or a light
black out
obliterate or extinguish

v extinguish by crushing

Synonyms:
crush out, press out, stub out
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt

v put an end to; kill

Synonyms:
snuff out
Types:
stamp
destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot
put out, smother
deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion
Type of:
do away with, eliminate, get rid of
terminate, end, or take out

v terminate, end, or take out

“Socialism extinguished these archaic customs”
Synonyms:
do away with, eliminate, get rid of
Types:
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cancel out, wipe out
wipe out the effect of something
decouple
reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another)
decouple
eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive)
obliterate
do away with completely, without leaving a trace
knock out
eliminate
drown
get rid of as if by submerging
cut out
delete or remove
cut, prune, rationalise, rationalize
weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
snuff out
put an end to; kill
except, exclude, leave off, leave out, omit, take out
prevent from being included or considered or accepted
excise
remove by cutting
stamp
destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot
elide
leave or strike out
put out, smother
deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion
Type of:
destroy, destruct
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

v kill in large numbers

Synonyms:
annihilate, carry off, decimate, eliminate, eradicate, wipe out
decimate
kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

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