Definition of


  1. (verb, change) mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
  2. (verb, change) make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
    a veiled threat
  3. (verb, change) remove completely from recognition or memory
  4. (verb, change) do away with completely, without leaving a trace
  5. (adj, all) reduced to nothingness

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Alternate forms of Obliterate

Derivations: obliterable, obliteration, obliterator

Hyponyms: mystify

Hypernyms: alter, blur, change, dim, do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of, modify, slur, take away, take out

Origin of the word Obliterate

  1. c.1600, from L. obliteratus, pp. of obliterare "cause to disappear, efface," from ob "against" + littera (also litera) "letter, script" (see letter); abstracted from phrase literas scribere "write across letters, strike out letters." more

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