obliterate [ uh- blit- uh-reyt] Synonyms Word Origin verb (used with object), ob·lit·er·at·ed, ob·lit·er·at·ing. 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 1590–1600;
(past participle of
efface, cause to be forgotten), equivalent to
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms ob·lit·er·a·ble , [ uh- blit-er- uh-b uhl] /əˈblɪt ər ə bəl/ adjective o·blit·er·a·tor, noun half-ob·lit·er·at·ed, adjective un·ob·lit·er·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for obliterator (tr) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely Derived Forms obliteration, noun obliterative, adjective obliterator, noun Word Origin for obliterate
C16: from Latin
oblitterāre to erase, from ob- out + littera letter
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Word Origin and History for obliterator obliterate v.
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.
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obliterate (ə-blĭt ′ə-rāt′, ō-blĭt ′-) 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. Related forms o•blit′er•a ′tion n.
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