What does the word extermination mean?

Usage examples for extermination

  1. Parliament did its utmost to make the contest a war of extermination: it ended, in fact, in the death of little less than half the population. – Irish Nationality by Alice Stopford Green
  2. Let Jackson be our candidate for the next Presidency, and let our gathering word be, in the sentiment of this memorable letter, 'The Union of the People and the extermination of the Monster of Party. – Quodlibet by John P. Kennedy
  3. Here's this horrible male beauty that would have to be mighty careful to escape extermination if he was anything but an actor. – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson