- 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
Synonyms for obliterate
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.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
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)
- (tr) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely
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.
- 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.