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extirpate

[′ek·stər‚pāt]
(biology)
To uproot, destroy, make extinct, or exterminate.
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When "extirpators of idolatry" assessed their mission in Peru, they were sobered by their apparently unsuccessful evangelizing campaigns in Spain and the colonies.
Indeed, although regrettably Spitta does not explore ir, some extirpators were accused and tried as heretics by the Inquisition for studying and describing in detail the pagan rituals of natives.
Scholars have noted the power of similar recollections among indigenous peoples in New Spain.(24) Andean declarants before visitadores in the 1660s frequently recalled in vivid detail the deeds of extirpators almost a half century before; the visits seem to have become negative reference points in the people's recollection of the past, remembered in much the same way as particularly bad droughts or the outbreaks of a killing disease.(25)
Theory and theological opinion supplied comfort to faith and fired the ambitions of extirpators whose rewards were often slight payment for the rigours of their labours in remote regions.
To employ an anachronistic image, at times the religiosity that was to be eradicated from the Indian parishes was, to its mid-colonial extirpators, something like the creature of Frankenstein.
Titu Cusi Yupanqui declares himself a Christian, is baptized, and participates in various Christian ceremonies and Spanish cultural practices, yet his words and deeds recorded in the Instruccion represent "heresies" in relationship to Christian orthodoxy and reveal his so-called apostasy, that is, his return to and continuance of Andean religious and cultural practices the extirpators denounced.
(9) Albornoz was careful to remind extirpators of the need to destroy both huacas and ceques: