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- The act of extinguishing, putting out, or quenching, or the state of being extinguished.
- 1868, Margaret Carrington, Ab-Sa-Ra-Ka, Land of Massacre:
- […] surely there have been atrocities which demanded of the white man the punishment of the evil-doer; but far more have been the starvings and the flights and the extinguishments which have visited the Indian, for the offence of living […]
- (law) The annihilation or extinction of a right or obligation.