verb (used with object), ob·lit·er·at·ed, ob·lit·er·at·ing.
- oblique vein of left atrium,
- oblique-slip fault,
- obliquity of the ecliptic,
- obliterating endarteritis,
- obliterative bronchitis,
Origin of obliterate
Examples from the Web for obliterate
Israel has destroyed 80% of the ones they have found, and needs only a few days to obliterate the rest.
Destroy them God, obliterate them from the face of the earth.“Destroy them, God, obliterate them from the face of the earth.”|Emily L. Hauser|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He promised to obliterate Obamacare “and replace it with real reform.”Mitt Romney Fires Up Supporters on Virginia Campaign Stop|Lloyd Grove|June 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Yet to destroy the precious book would be to obliterate centuries of information about the Ma family line.
His object was to remove every trace of himself as he passed onward to the goal ahead of him—to obliterate his tracks entirely.In the Day of Adversity|John Bloundelle-Burton
The original date on the gate also remains in spite of the attempt to obliterate it.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople|Alexander Van Millingen
His success here was such as to obliterate all memory of his former defeat.Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.|Charles James Lever
It is incredible how many years are needed to obliterate recollection by the hand of time.The Tenants of Malory|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
He was resolved to obliterate the disgrace of having been duped, by the reality of his meditated triumph.
Word Origin for obliterate
c.1600, from Latin obliteratus, past participle of obliterare "cause to disappear, blot out, erase, efface," figuratively "cause to be forgotten," from ob "against" (see ob-) + littera (also litera) "letter, script" (see letter (n.)); abstracted from phrase literas scribere "write across letters, strike out letters." Related: Obliterated; obliterating.