[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’tive (-ə-rā’tĭv, -ər-ə-tĭv) adj.
[ob-luh-ves-uh ns] /ˌɒb ləˈvɛs əns/ noun 1. the process of forgetting.
noun a memory charm or spell in the Harry Potter books that makes one forget verb to forget v. 1660s, from Latin oblivium (see oblivion). Related: Obliviated; obliviating.
[uh-bliv-ee-uh n] /əˈblɪv i ən/ noun 1. the state of being completely forgotten or unknown: a former movie star now in oblivion. 2. the state of forgetting or of being : the oblivion of sleep. 3. the act or process of dying out; complete annihilation or extinction: If we don’t preserve their habitat, the entire […]
[uh-bliv-ee-uh s] /əˈblɪv i əs/ adjective 1. unmindful; unconscious; unaware (usually followed by of or to): She was oblivious of his admiration. 2. forgetful; without remembrance or memory: oblivious of my former failure. 3. Archaic. inducing forgetfulness. /əˈblɪvɪəs/ adjective 1. foll by to or of. unaware or forgetful adj. mid-15c., from Latin obliviosus “forgetful, that […]