Obliterate meaning

ə-blĭtə-rāt, ō-blĭt-
Obliterate is defined as to utterly and completely destroy or eliminate, or to have a great victory or great success over someone or something.

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.

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To remove or destroy completely so as to leave no trace.
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To render invisible or unreadable, as by erasing or marking over.
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To remove completely (a body organ or part), as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
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To blot out or wear away, leaving no traces; erase; efface.
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To do away with as if by effacing; destroy.
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To remove a body organ or part completely, as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
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To remove completely, leaving no trace; to wipe out; to destroy.
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Origin of obliterate

  • Latin oblitterāre oblitterāt- to erase from ob litterās (scrībere) (to write) over letters (ob over ob–) (litterās) (accusative pl. of littera letter) and from oblītus past participle of oblīvīscī to forget oblivion

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin oblitterātus, perfect passive participle of oblitterō (“blot out"), from oblinō (“smear over").

    From Wiktionary