Definitions for: Obliterate


[adj] reduced to nothingness
[v] remove completely from recognition or memory; "efface the memory of the time in the camps"
[v] make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
[v] do away with completely, without leaving a trace
[v] mark for deletion, rub off, or erase, as of writings; "kill these lines in the President's speech"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ob*lit"er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obliterated;
p. pr. & vb. n. Obliterating.] [L. obliteratus, p. p. of
obliterare to obliterate; ob (see Ob-) + litera, littera,
letter. See Letter.]
1. To erase or blot out; to efface; to render undecipherable,
as a writing.

2. To wear out; to remove or destroy utterly by any means; to
render imperceptible; as. to obliterate ideas; to
obliterate the monuments of antiquity.

The harsh and bitter feelings of this or that
experience are slowly obliterated. --W. Black.


Ob*lit"er*ate, a. (Zo["o]l.)
Scarcely distinct; -- applied to the markings of insects.

Synonyms: blot out, blotted out, destroyed, efface, hide, kill, obliterated, obscure, wipe out

See Also: alter, blur, change, dim, do away with, eliminate, get rid of, slur, take away, take out

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