Obliterate 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The harsh and bitter feelings of this or that experience are slowly obliterated. --W. Black. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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