Extinct vs Alive - What's the difference?

extinct | alive |


As adjectives the difference between extinct and alive

is that extinct is (dated) extinguished, no longer alight (of fire, candles etc) while alive is having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive.

extinct

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (dated) Extinguished, no longer alight (of fire, candles etc.)
  • Poor Edward's cigarillo was already extinct .
  • No longer used; obsolete, discontinued.
  • * Luckily, such ideas about race are extinct in current sociological theory.
  • *
  • Indeed the very fact that the English spelling system
    writes in there'' as two words but ''therein'' as one word might be taken as suggest-
    ing that only the former is a productive syntactic construction in Modern
    English, the latter being a now extinct construction which has left behind a
    few fossil remnants in the form of compound words such as ''thereby
    .
  • No longer in existence; having died out.
  • The dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years.
  • (vulcanology) No longer actively erupting.
  • Most of the volcanos on this island are now extinct .

    Synonyms

    * dead

    Antonyms

    * (no longer alight) burning * (having died out) extant * active, dormant

    alive

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive.
  • In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent
  • to keep the fire alive'; to keep the affections ' alive .
  • Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged.
  • The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs. -- .
  • Sprightly; lively; brisk.
  • Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.
  • Tremblingly alive to nature's laws. -- .
  • As intensifier, of all living.
  • Northumberland was the proudest man alive . --.

    Usage notes

    * As intensifier, used colloquially "man alive!", "sakes alive!". * Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies.

    Antonyms

    * dead

    Derived terms

    * alive and kicking * aliveness * Christ alive * dead or alive * eat someone alive * keep hope alive * man alive * snakes alive

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