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[ik-stur-muh-ney-ter] /ɪkˈstɜr məˌneɪ tər/
a person or thing that exterminates.
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
1605-15; < Late Latin exterminātor. See extermine, -ator Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Cook as an exterminator of the human species seemed too glittering a novelty.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • Sometimes they are enemies who must be immolated to Mars the exterminator.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • What would the Black Spider need to do to escape her exterminator?

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • Now, apparently, he was being pressed into service as an exterminator.

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

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • At one of these avenues would enter the exterminator of my honor and my life.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
Word Origin and History for exterminator

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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