[ ih-rey-sher ]
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  1. an act or instance of erasing.

  2. a place where something has been erased; a spot or mark left after erasing: You can't sign a contract with so many erasures in it.

    • the exclusion of a minority group or group member from the historical record, or from the discussion of current events:erasure of female scientists from textbooks; black victim erasure in the crime-bill debate.

    • the replacement or whitewashing of a minority character or group with a member or members of the dominant cultural group in fictional representations of historical events:minority erasure in film.

    • the denial of an individual’s or group’s minority identity, or the misidentification of a minority group member:trans-erasure issues in the LGBT community; cultural erasure and white identity among Chicanos.

Origin of erasure

First recorded in 1725–35; erase + -ure

Other words from erasure

  • non·e·ra·sure, noun

Words Nearby erasure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use erasure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for erasure


/ (ɪˈreɪʒə) /

  1. the act or an instance of erasing

  2. the place or mark, as on a piece of paper, where something has been erased

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