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.
- non·e·ra·sure, noun
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How to use erasure in a sentence
Linking Scott’s legacy to a bird “is just adding to the erasure by putting another layer over it.”Racism lurks in names given to plants and animals. That’s starting to change | Jaime Chambers | August 25, 2021 | Science News
The good news is that historians and journalists, as well as the women themselves, have been working hard to reverse this erasure and are having significant success.The voices of women in tech are still being erased | Mar Hicks | August 3, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
More than an erasure of historical fact it is another example of the ongoing and dangerous practice of cherry-picking parts of our past to fit prepackaged national myths.Every American needs to take a history of Mexico class | Gabriela Laveaga | July 22, 2021 | Washington Post
By exploiting the rules that neurons use to learn new associations, these next-generation electroceuticals may enable permanent disease erasure.How to Unlearn a Disease - Issue 103: Healthy Communication | Kelly Clancy | July 14, 2021 | Nautilus
The sheet ended up being wounded by a playful machete, full of cut phrases, notes on the edges, reminders, arrows that redirect the reading and erasures in search of a better piece in each version.
In this way, inspiration becomes appropriation, which leads directly to theft and erasure.
While many of these depictions play into bisexual erasure, others reinforce harmful bisexual stereotypes.
The act of erasure through mis- or under-representation is an insidious one.
The total erasure of former employees is so familiar it even has a nickname.Spies, Cash, and Fear: Inside Christian Money Guru Dave Ramsey’s Social Media Witch Hunt | Matthew Paul Turner | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I love the way erasure becomes a tool for depiction and emphasis, and failure becomes a heroic condition.
The French attorney general demanded the erasure of his name from the list of magistrates, but this the court refused.Fox's Book of Martyrs | John Foxe
For answer she bent over her typewriter and began to make an erasure.Tom Slade with the Colors | Percy K. Fitzhugh
Bruslart (ubi supra, i. 136) denies that the erasure was actually made as Charles had commanded.History of the Rise of the Huguenots | Henry Baird
This thin paste of wax was also spread on tablets of wood, that it might more easily admit of erasure.The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
Consequently the action of the iodine differs according to the extent of the erasure.Disputed Handwriting | Jerome B. Lavay
British Dictionary definitions for erasure
the act or an instance of erasing
the place or mark, as on a piece of paper, where something has been erased
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