extinct

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recorded since 1432; from Latin extinctus, the past participle of extinguere (to put out, destroy, abolish, extinguish), corresponding to ex- + stinguere (to quench)

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Adjective[edit]

extinct (comparative more extinct, superlative most extinct)

  1. (dated) Extinguished, no longer alight (of fire, candles etc.)
    Poor Edward's cigarillo was already extinct.
  2. No longer used; obsolete, discontinued.
    Luckily, such ideas about race are extinct in current sociological theory.
  3. No longer in existence; having died out.
    The dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years.
  4. (volcanology) No longer actively erupting.
    Most of the volcanos on this island are now extinct.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (volcanology: no longer erupting): dormant

Antonyms[edit]

  • (no longer alight): burning
  • (having died out): extant
  • (volcanology: no longer erupting): active

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