[ uh-blit-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ əˌblɪt əˈreɪ ʃən /


the act of obliterating or the state of being obliterated.
Pathology, Surgery. the removal of a part as a result of disease or surgery.

Nearby words

  1. obliquely,
  2. obliquity,
  3. obliquity of the ecliptic,
  4. obliterate,
  5. obliterating endarteritis,
  6. obliterative,
  7. obliterative bronchitis,
  8. oblivescence,
  9. obliviate,
  10. oblivion

Origin of obliteration

1650–60; < Latin oblitterātiōn- (stem of oblitterātiō), equivalent to oblitterāt(us) (see obliterate) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsob·lit·er·a·tive [uh-blit-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /əˈblɪt əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/, adjective

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Word Origin and History for obliteration



1650s, from Late Latin obliterationem (nominative obliteratio), noun of action from past participle stem of obliterare (see obliterate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper