- 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 verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to blot out or wear away, leaving no traces; erase; efface
- to do away with as if by effacing; destroy
Origin of obliteratefrom Classical Latin obliteratus, past participle of obliterare, to blot out from ob- (see ob-) + littera, letter
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").