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exterminator

[ik-stur-muh-ney-ter] /ɪkˈstɜr məˌneɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that exterminates.
2.
a person or business establishment specializing in the elimination of vermin, insects, etc., from a building, apartment, etc., especially by the controlled application of toxic chemicals.
Origin of exterminator
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin exterminātor. See extermine, -ator
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  • Cook as an exterminator of the human species seemed too glittering a novelty.

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  • Sometimes they are enemies who must be immolated to Mars the exterminator.

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  • What would the Black Spider need to do to escape her exterminator?

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  • Now, apparently, he was being pressed into service as an exterminator.

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  • When the master takes us to kill the snails in the box borders, I do not always scrupulously fulfil my office as an exterminator.

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  • At one of these avenues would enter the exterminator of my honor and my life.

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Word Origin and History for exterminator
n.

c.1400, "an angel who expells (people from a country)," from Late Latin exterminator, from Latin exterminatus, past participle stem of exterminare (see exterminate). As a substance for ridding a place of rats, etc., by 1848. As a person whose job it is to do this, by 1938.

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