extirpate 

 

verb

 

To destroy or remove something completely.

We put our full effort into extirpating criminal activity.

Jugend ohne Gott*

by Ödön von Horváth

I've never forgotten this book; it had a profound effect on me at German A Level and I want to re-read it (in translation this time: *Youth Without God). 

Written in 1937, the story charts a teacher's struggles with his own conscience, but ultimately his commitment to the truth, at a time when his pupils are being indoctrinated by the Nazis.

penultimate adjective

 

next to last

 

From Latin paene almost + ultimus last.

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