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verb (used with object), ob·lit·er·at·ed, ob·lit·er·at·ing.
  1. to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely.
  2. to blot out or render undecipherable (writing, marks, etc.); efface.
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Origin of obliterate

1590–1600; < Latin oblitterātus (past participle of oblitterāre, efface, cause to be forgotten), equivalent to ob- ob- + litter(a) letter1 + -ātus -ate1
Related formsob·lit·er·a·ble [uh-blit-er-uh-buhl] /əˈblɪt ər ə bəl/, adjectiveo·blit·er·a·tor, nounhalf-ob·lit·er·at·ed, adjectiveun·ob·lit·er·at·ed, adjective

Synonyms for obliterate

2. expunge.

Synonym study

2. See cancel.
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Examples from the Web for unobliterated

Historical Examples of unobliterated

  • But they were yet separated from Him by the unobliterated fact of sin.

    Lux Mundi


  • For my point never was that any Australian tribe had a pure theistic conception unsoiled and unobliterated by myth and buffoonery.

  • Branchial cysts are formed by the distension of an isolated and unobliterated portion of one of the branchial clefts.

  • All the way, in the blinding, whirling snow, I traced the unobliterated prints of a small fairy foot.

    Much Darker Days

    Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)

British Dictionary definitions for unobliterated


  1. (tr) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely
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Derived Formsobliteration, nounobliterative, adjectiveobliterator, 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 unobliterated



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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unobliterated in Medicine


(ə-blĭtə-rāt′, ō-blĭt-)
  1. To remove an organ or another body part completely, as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
  2. To blot out, especially through filling of a natural space by fibrosis or inflammation.
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Related formso•blit′er•ation n.
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