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RAZE, noun A root. [See Race-ginger, under Race.]

RAZE, verb transitive [Latin rasus, rado. See Rase and Erase.]

1. To subvert from the foundation; to overthrow; to destroy; to demolish; as, to raze a city to the ground.

The royal hand that raz'd unhappy Troy.

2. To erase; to efface; to obliterate.

Razing the characters of your renown.

[In this sense, rase and erase are now used.]

3. To extirpate.

And raze their factions and their family.