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  • v. To remove or abolish completely.
  • v. To search for and discover.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. destroy completely, as if down to the roots
  • v. pull up by or as if by the roots


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  • The King asked, “And what is the root of sinfulness that it behoveth me to root out from my heart?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Billiwog should be able to root out the food,” the captain agreed.


  • God hath broken, destroyed, ruined them and their contrivances, who made it their business to overthrow Zion, and to root out the generation of the righteous, not under this or that way or form, whereby they are differenced among themselves, but as such, as the saints of the Holy One; and will continue so to do.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Disbelieving everything, he always managed to root out truth.

    Lord of Chaos

  • In justice to the great pope, however, it must be added that he lost no opportunity for the exercise of his missionary zeal, making every effort to root out paganism in Gaul, Donatism in Africa, and the Schism of the Three

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • Rechab was the father of Jonadab who in IV Kings, x, 15-28, appears as a fervent supporter of Jehu's attack on the House of Achab in his endeavour to root out the idolatrous worship which that dynasty had encouraged.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • As to others, it is said, "He shall grow up as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him," Isa. liii.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Dispel the mist that dims my eyes, that I may first plainly read the secrets of my wretched heart, and then give me, O Almighty God, the sincere will to root out all therein that beareth not good fruit ....

    Lady John Russell

  • The Arabs do not even root out the dôm or nubk trees from the spots they irrigate and cultivate; but the little channels of water flow in and out among the stems and roots of the trees as they can.

    Daisy in the Field

  • University of Mexico, and to root out idolatry among the aborigines, destroyed many Aztec idols and other pagan antiquities collected by preceding viceroys.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip


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  • From a philosopher's dream: 'I was standing in a hall full of people who were listening to a speaker inveighing against synthetic a priori propositions. The atmosphere owed a lot to speeches by Hitler on the Jews and Joseph McCarthy on Communists: the speaker was standing behind one of those old-style microphones, shouting: We must root out synthetic a priori propositions! We must eliminate them! The crowd was getting increasingly worked up. I was standing by the wall, watching, feeling deeply uneasy.'

    January 12, 2009