Ex*tin"guish (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Extinguished(?); p pr. & vb. n. Extinguishing.] [L. extinguere, exstinguere; ex out + stinguere to quench. See Distinguish, Finish.]


To quench; to put out, as a light or fire; to stifle; to cause to die out; to put an end to; to destroy; as, to extinguish a flame, or life, or love, or hope, a pretense or a right.

A light which the fierce winds have no power to extinguish. Prescott.

This extinguishes my right to the reversion. Blackstone.


To obscure; to eclipse, as by superior splendor.

Natural graces that extinguish art. Shak


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