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[uh-blit-uh-rey-shuh n] /əˌblɪt əˈreɪ ʃən/
the act of obliterating or the state of being obliterated.
Pathology, Surgery. the removal of a part as a result of disease or surgery.
Origin of obliteration
1650-60; < Latin oblitterātiōn- (stem of oblitterātiō), equivalent to oblitterāt(us) (see obliterate) + -iōn- -ion
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[uh-blit-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /əˈblɪt əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for obliteration
Historical Examples
  • obliteration of a portion of the Urethra, remedied by an operation.

  • There was no springing to her side; no rapture of declared affection; no obliteration of her shame.

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • The obliteration of Desire is the first aim of the Buddhist.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • Moses seeks the obliteration of his name, unless Israel was pardoned.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • Nothing but fish stands between their town and obliteration.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • Do you not see that the obliteration of it is the brand upon the forehead of morality?

  • One of these was the obliteration of thrift from the minds of the French people.

    Fiat Money Inflation in France Andrew Dickson White
  • The obstacles which stand in the way of this obliteration, at the outset, are two.

    Evolution Frank B. Jevons
  • It was the survival of the fittest, the obliteration of the superfluous; but it was hard.

    The Lash Olin L. Lyman
  • There had been no obliteration, because there had been no tending.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
Word Origin and History for obliteration

1650s, from Late Latin obliterationem (nominative obliteratio), noun of action from past participle stem of obliterare (see obliterate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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