- to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely.
- to blot out or render undecipherable (writing, marks, etc.); efface.
Origin of obliterate
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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
September 28, 2014
Lava and ash fell for days; the sun was obliterated for three months.Book a Room for Two in a Santorini Cave
June 10, 2014
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
March 22, 2014
Extras like foreign languages and Greek classics have been all but obliterated from the national curriculum.A Dickensian Christmas For Greece’s New Poor
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 22, 2013
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
November 3, 2013
A vision of gray eyes, blurred in tears of regret, had obliterated all that was material.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The action of the plough has often obliterated the traces of ancient barrows.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
She looked at her work and obliterated the expression again.The Eternal City
The ancient priory of Austin Friars was at Ludlow, but is obliterated.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
A bunch of Drilgoes, caught by it, were obliterated in an instant.
- (tr) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely
Word Origin and History for obliterated
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.
- To remove an organ or another body part completely, as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
- To blot out, especially through filling of a natural space by fibrosis or inflammation.