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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of obliterare, from litera 'letter'


o‧blit‧er‧ate [transitive]
1 to destroy something completely so that nothing remains:
Hiroshima was nearly obliterated by the atomic bomb.
2 to remove a thought, feeling, or memory from someone's mind:
Nothing could obliterate the memory of those tragic events.
3 to cover something completely so that it cannot be seen:
Then the fog came down, obliterating everything.
obliteration noun [uncountable]

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