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 obliterated
By Dan P. Lee, New York Magazine She was 22 when her memory was obliterated.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Sept. 22-28, 2014|John Boot|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lava and ash fell for days; the sun was obliterated for three months.
The fiasco over Proposition 8, she notes, should have been a case for the Avengers, but they were now “obliterated.”Tick-Tock: The Explosive Power of the Lesbian Avengers|Tim Teeman|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Extras like foreign languages and Greek classics have been all but obliterated from the national curriculum.
A British shell fell short and obliterated his sergeant; Lewis, knocked out, had an out-of-body experience.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley|John Garth|November 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This was effectual, and Alexander returned from a temporary absence to find the work of weeks obliterated.
Soon Brent's trail began to drift full of snow, and by noon it was obliterated altogether.Snowdrift|James B. Hendryx
It was as though a great blot had fallen, and had obliterated three days from the calendar.Tales of Mean Streets|Arthur Morrison
The epic variety and independence are obliterated by the too obviously pathetic intention.Epic and Romance|W. P. Ker
In the ileum the mucous folds are obliterated or swollen and thickened.
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.