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extirpate

[′ek·stər‚pāt]
(biology)
To uproot, destroy, make extinct, or exterminate.
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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.