obliterate[ə blit′ər āt′]
- An example of obliterate is when you beat your opponent 100 to 1.
- An example of obliterate is when humans destroy a bird population's habitat until the bird becomes extinct.
transitive verbo·blit·er·at·ed, o·blit·er·at·ing, o·blit·er·ates
- To remove or destroy completely so as to leave no trace. See Synonyms at annihilate.
- To render invisible or unreadable, as by erasing or marking over: “The name [on the door] had been crudely obliterated with thick, heavy strokes of black paint” (F. Paul Wilson).
- Medicine To remove completely (a body organ or part), as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
Origin of obliterateLatin oblitterāre, oblitterāt-, to erase, from ob litterās (scrībere), (to write) over letters (ob, over; see ob– + litterās, accusative pl. of littera, letter) and from oblītus, past participle of oblīvīscī, to forget; see oblivion.
(third-person singular simple present obliterates, present participle obliterating, simple past and past participle obliterated)
From Latin oblitterÄtus, perfect passive participle of oblitterÅ (“blot out"), from oblinÅ (“smear over").