Obliterate Definition

ə-blĭtə-rāt, ō-blĭt-
obliterated, obliterates, obliterating
obliterated, obliterates, obliterating
To blot out or wear away, leaving no traces; erase; efface.
Webster's New World
To do away with as if by effacing; destroy.
Webster's New World
To render invisible or unreadable, as by erasing or marking over.
American Heritage
To remove completely (a body organ or part), as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
American Heritage
To remove a body organ or part completely, as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
American Heritage Medicine

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

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