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[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.
Origin of obliterate
1590-1600; < Latin oblitterātus (past participle of oblitterāre, efface, cause to be forgotten), equivalent to ob- ob- + litter(a) letter + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[uh-blit-er-uh-buh l] /əˈblɪt ər ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
obliterator, noun
half-obliterated, adjective
unobliterated, adjective
2. expunge. See cancel. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for obliterated
  • In some obliterated towns, shops are open and stocked and have electricity.
  • Conventional schemes would have obliterated the signal with quantum noise generated by the measurement itself.
  • Peaks formed hundreds of millions of years ago are obliterated in months.
  • We should know who the underdog is and how swiftly that character will get obliterated in the absence of a miracle.
  • Cohesion has been obliterated by war, physical and ideological, leaving scattered treasures on the indifferent streets.
  • But such meagre confidence will be obliterated by any hint of a transatlantic spat.
  • One day a mortar obliterated his neighbors' house and killed the people inside.
  • On top of that, world grain markets would get obliterated and many governments could get overturned in food riots.
  • It obliterated the line between confidant and audience.
  • We were surprised at how thoroughly heat obliterated the flavors in cooking oil until they all tasted more or less the same.
British Dictionary definitions for obliterated


(transitive) to destroy every trace of; wipe out completely
Derived Forms
obliteration, noun
obliterative, adjective
obliterator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin oblitterāre to erase, from ob- out + littera letter
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Word Origin and History for obliterated



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.

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obliterated in Medicine

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

  1. To remove an organ or another body part completely, as by surgery, disease, or radiation.

  2. To blot out, especially through filling of a natural space by fibrosis or inflammation.

o·blit'er·a'tion n.
o·blit'er·a'tive (-ə-rā'tĭv, -ər-ə-tĭv) adj.
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