Extinct vs Extirpated - What's the difference?

extinct | extirpated |

As adjectives the difference between extinct and extirpated

is that extinct is (dated) extinguished, no longer alight (of fire, candles etc) while extirpated is (of a species) locally extinct (though alive elsewhere).

As a verb extirpated is





(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 .


    * dead


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




  • (extirpate)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (of a species) Locally extinct (though alive elsewhere).