• IPA: /əbˈlɪtəɹeɪt/

obliterate (obliterates, present participle obliterating; past and past participle obliterated)

  1. To remove completely, leaving no trace; to wipe out; to destroy.
    • The harsh and bitter feelings of this or that experience are slowly obliterated.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ "I never understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."
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