Definitions for: Extinguish

[v] kill in large numbers; "the plague wiped out an entire population"
[v] put an end to; kill; "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children"
[v] extinguish by crushing; "stub out your cigar"
[v] put out, as of fires, flames, or lights; "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained"; "quench the flames"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ex*tin"guish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Extinguished; p
pr. & vb. n. Extinguishing.] [L. extinguere, exstinguere;
ex out + stinguere to quench. See Distinguish, Finish.]
1. 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.

A light which the fierce winds have no power to
extinguish. --Prescott.

This extinguishes my right to the reversion.

2. To obscure; to eclipse, as by superior splendor.

Natural graces that extinguish art. --Shak

Synonyms: annihilate, carry off, crush out, decimate, eliminate, eradicate, press out, quench, snuff out, stub out, wipe out

Antonyms: ignite, light

See Also: black out, do away with, douse, end, get rid of, kill, put out, put out, smother, stamp, terminate

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