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Noun: extinguishing  ik'sting-gwi-shing
  1. The act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning
    "the extinguishing of the lights";
    - extinction, quenching
Verb: extinguish  ik'sting-gwish
  1. Put an end to; kill
    "The Nazis extinguished the life of many Jewish children";
    - snuff out
  2. Put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
    "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained";
    - snuff out, blow out, quench
  3. Extinguish by crushing
    "extinguish your cigar";
    - stub out, crush out, press out
  4. Terminate, end, or take out
    "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs";
    - eliminate, get rid of, do away with
  5. Kill in large numbers
    "the plague extinguished an entire population";
    - eliminate, annihilate, eradicate, wipe out, decimate, carry off

Type of: conclusion, destroy, destruct, end, ending, kill, spifflicate, spiflicate, terminate, termination, uncreate [literary]

Antonym: ignite

Encyclopedia: Extinguish