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tr.v. ex·tir·pat·ed, ex·tir·pat·ing, ex·tir·pates
a. To destroy totally; kill off: an effort to reintroduce wildlife that had been extirpated from the region.
b. To render absent or nonexistent: "No society ... is devoid of ... religion, even those ... which have made deliberate attempts to extirpate it" (Roy A. Rappaport). See Synonyms at eliminate.
2. To pull up by the roots.
3. To remove by surgery.

[Latin exstirpāre, exstirpāt- : ex-, ex- + stirps, root.]

ex′tir·pa′tion n.
ex′tir·pa′tive adj.
ex′tir·pa′tor n.
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he is seen as either a modern ethnographer or a medieval scholastic, a defender of indigenous rights or a vehement extirpator.
The move came almost forty years after Afonso had first claimed the royal title for himself and arrived precisely because the pope considered Afonso an intrepid extirpator of those who hate the Christian name and a diligent propagator of the Christian Faith.
Yet to the extirpator in his role as preacher, they became nothing more than "ugly rocks", regularly soiled by animals and little boys.
Cristobal de Albornoz, the most prolific extirpator of the movement, defines Taki Onqoy in similar terms: "en aquellas provincias hallase una apostassia predicada entre los naturales que los tenia a los mas naturales dellas prevertidos y apartados de nuestra fee y religion cristiana" (192).
Similarly, extirpators of idolatry were hunting down men and women of indigenous ancestry whom they felt were secretly practicing idolatry.
The native religious specialists indeed feared the ladino (bilingual) informants who appeared before the Spanish colonial court, for they considered them to have sided with the extirpators (137).