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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


extinguishment ‎(plural extinguishments)

  1. 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 []
  2. (law) The annihilation or extinction of a right or obligation.