Synonyms for extinction

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ik-stingk-shuh n
Phonetic Transcription : ɪkˈstɪŋk ʃən

Définition of extinction

Origin :
  • early 15c., from Latin extinctionem/exstinctionem (nominative extinctio/exstinctio), noun of action from past participle stem of extinguere/exstinguere (see extinguish). Originally of fires, lights; figurative use, of wiping out a material thing (a debt, a person, a family, etc.) from early 17c.; of species by 1784.
  • noun dying out
Example sentences :
  • Thus manifestly a negligible factor, it is also one tending to extinction.
  • Extract from : « 'Tis Sixty Years Since » by Charles Francis Adams
  • If this holy fire be too much confined, it will be in danger of extinction.
  • Extract from : « Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II » by Francis Augustus Cox
  • Warfare was on the road to extinction, threatened by its very excesses.
  • Extract from : « The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete » by Emile Zola
  • Every race which does not understand this necessity ends in extinction.
  • Extract from : « The Sexual Question » by August Forel
  • The Anglo-Saxon civilizes the other races or devotes them to extinction.
  • Extract from : « The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851 » by Various
  • One cannot but desire that their extinction in these parts, which is certain, may be also speedy.
  • Extract from : « Six Letters From the Colonies » by Robert Seaton
  • Why, he might want me to go, you know—which would bore me to extinction.
  • Extract from : « Love and Lucy » by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • It may mean the extinction of Theos as an independent nation.
  • Extract from : « The Traitors » by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • It was as if we had been casting a spell of extinction on each other's voices.
  • Extract from : « Romance » by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Rarity, as geology tells us, is the precursor to extinction.
  • Extract from : « On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection » by Charles Darwin

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