[uh-blit-uh-reyt] /əˈblɪt əˌreɪt/

verb (used with object), obliterated, obliterating.
to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely.
to blot out or render undecipherable (writing, marks, etc.); efface.
(transitive) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely

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.

obliterate o·blit·er·ate (ə-blĭt’ə-rāt’, ō-blĭt’-)
v. o·blit·er·at·ed, o·blit·er·at·ing, o·blit·er·ates

o·blit’er·a’tion n.
o·blit’er·a’tive (-ə-rā’tĭv, -ər-ə-tĭv) adj.


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