It was symbolic of how sin and evil had blotted out the life of Christ.
On official maps, the western half of the city was blotted out—figuratively erased from the world of the living.
Powell is someone who truly "blotted his copybook," as the Brits used to say.
In Deuteronomy 26:17-19 we are told of the Amalekites, a people so heinous, so evil, that their memory should be “blotted out.”
The battle-field stretched grimly round him, and as the sunset was blotted out, a gray mist crept slowly from the west.
While he had been speaking, the onrush of the storm had blotted out the moon.
Finally the boat was beyond their range of vision, blotted out by darkness.
I've blotted her out of my heart, and I will not have it so.
Remember how amiable a thing the least degree of grace is, even when it is clouded and blotted with infirmities.
That clutching pain of grief was real, so real it blotted everything out.
late 14c., originally "blemish," perhaps from Old Norse blettr "blot, stain," or from Old French blot, variant of bloc "block," or blestre "blister, lump, clump of earth."
early 15c., "to make blots;" mid-15c. "to blot out, obliterate" (words), from blot (n.). Related: Blotted; blotting.
The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.
a stain or reproach (Job 31:7; Prov. 9:7). To blot out sin is to forgive it (Ps. 51:1, 9; Isa. 44:22; Acts 3:19). Christ's blotting out the handwriting of ordinances was his fulfilling the law in our behalf (Col. 2:14).