Extricate vs. Extirpate

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  • Extricate (verb)

    To free, disengage, loosen, or untangle.

    "I finally managed to extricate myself from the tight jacket."

    "The firemen had to use the jaws of life to extricate Monica from the car wreck."

  • Extricate (verb)

    To free from intricacies or perplexity

  • Extirpate (verb)

    To clear an area of roots and stumps.

  • Extirpate (verb)

    To pull up by the roots; uproot.


  • Extirpate (verb)

    To destroy completely; to annihilate.


    "The cougar was extirpated across nearly all of its eastern North American range in the two centuries after European colonization."

  • Extirpate (verb)

    To surgically remove.


  • Extricate (verb)

    free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty

    "he was trying to extricate himself from official duties"

  • Extirpate (verb)

    eradicate or destroy completely

    "timber wolves were extirpated from New England more than a century ago"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Extricate

    To free, as from difficulties or perplexities; to disentangle; to disembarrass; as, to extricate a person from debt, peril, etc.

  • Extricate

    To cause to be emitted or evolved; as, to extricate heat or moisture.

  • Extirpate

    To pluck up by the stem or root; to root out; to eradicate, literally or figuratively; to destroy wholly; as, to extirpate weeds; to extirpate a tumor; to extirpate a sect; to extirpate error or heresy.

Webster Dictionary
  • Extricate (verb)

    release from entanglement of difficulty;

    "I cannot extricate myself from this task"

  • Extirpate (verb)

    destroy completely, as if down to the roots;

    "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted"

  • Extirpate (verb)

    pull up by or as if by the roots;

    "uproot the vine that has spread all over the garden"

  • Extirpate (verb)

    surgically remove (an organ)

Princeton's WordNet

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