Definition of obliterate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈblidəˌrāt/


[with object]
1Destroy utterly; wipe out: figurative the memory was so painful that he obliterated it from his mind
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  • With their destroyer obliterated the pirates fled in all directions and then regrouped back together to resume their attack.
  • In this prophecy it talks about a key that will destroy and completely obliterate the world.
  • Every single one had to be vanquished, killed, destroyed, obliterated, and dead.
destroy, wipe out, annihilate, demolish, eliminate, decimate, liquidate, wipe off the face of the earth, wipe off the map
informal zap, nuke
1.1Cause to become invisible or indistinct; blot out: clouds were darkening, obliterating the sun
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  • Daz nodded, seeming to cheer up slightly - although only marginally, which was evident even in the blistering cold wind and misty clouds obliterating much of our surroundings.
  • On the bright side, the smoke has completely obliterated the sun, and we are no longer baking as if we were inside a giant oven.
  • The drifting snow obliterated lesser landmarks and covered the boundaries of roads and ditches with a covering several feet thick, making normal travel nigh on impossible.
erase, eradicate, expunge, efface, wipe out, blot out, rub out, block out, remove all traces of
obscure, hide, conceal, blot out, block (out), cover, screen



Pronunciation: /-ˌrātiv/
Example sentences
  • And this fight to the obliterative finish ultimately cannot be a matter of killing people and toppling regimes.
  • None of the patients started on statins during the first postoperative year developed obliterative bronchiolitis as compared with a cumulative incidence of 37% among control patients.
  • The procedure is contraindicated for patients with distal or obliterative disease, and those with combined pelvic and distal obliterative disease.


Pronunciation: /əˈblidəˌrādər/
Example sentences
  • The automated announcer tells you that ‘your ticket must be validated using the obliterators on the platform and failure to do so will result in a fine’ they tell you this after boarding the train.
  • In this show Margo, Alex and Jerry are the obliterators.
  • It took writers such as Dostoevsky or Nietzsche, ‘great obliterator [s] of modern false values,’ to stimulate her.


Mid 16th century: from Latin obliterat- 'struck out, erased', from the verb obliterare, based on littera 'letter, something written'.

Words that rhyme with obliterate

alliterate, iterate, transliterate

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Syllabification: ob·lit·er·ate

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