Expostulate vs Extirpate - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between expostulate and extirpate
is that expostulate
is to protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct while extirpate
is (obsolete) to clear an area of roots and stumps.
To protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct.
- Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring accusations against enemies who have done them a wrong.
* 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XI, ''The Abbot’s Ways
- The tears would run plentifully down my face when I made these reflections; and sometimes I would expostulate with myself why Providence should thus completely ruin His creatures, and render them so absolutely miserable; so without help, abandoned, so entirely depressed, that it could hardly be rational to be thankful for such a life.
- […] he affectionately loved many persons to whom he never or hardly ever shewed a countenance of love. Once on my venturing to expostulate with him on the subject, he reminded me of Solomon: “Many sons I have; it is not fit that I should smile on them.”
(obsolete) To clear an area of roots and stumps.
To pull up by the roots; uproot.
To destroy completely; to annihilate.
To surgically remove.
* (to pull up by the roots) uproot, eradicate, extricate, deracinate
* (to destroy completely) annihilate, destroy, eradicate, exterminate
* (to surgically remove) excise
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