According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the animal is “teetering on the brink of extinction.”
Over this image we hear: “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”
Lee Siegel says the decline of the list mirrors the extinction of larger-than-life Hollywood stars and politicians.
In brief, if we were to fish the sharks to extinction the seals would eat all of the fish that we eat.
How might we resurrect a tradition threatened with extinction?
The extinction of Indian claims by a cession of territory to the king, was necessary to the safety of the advancing settlers.
Thus manifestly a negligible factor, it is also one tending to extinction.
And then night and extinction--nothing but a silent mass of impenetrable vapour hiding its dead.
Warfare was on the road to extinction, threatened by its very excesses.
Its failure in this led to its extinction, for it was unable to escape from its arch-enemy man.
early 15c., from Latin extinctionem/exstinctionem (nominative extinctio/exstinctio), noun of action from past participle stem of extinguere/exstinguere (see extinguish). Originally of fires, lights; figurative use, of wiping out a material thing (a debt, a person, a family, etc.) from early 17c.; of species by 1784.
extinction ex·tinc·tion (ĭk-stĭngk'shən)
Progressive reduction in the strength of the conditioned response in successive conditioning trials during which only the conditioned stimulus is presented and the unconditioned stimulus is omitted. See absorbance.