obliterate

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From Latin oblitterātus, perfect passive participle of oblitterō(blot out), from oblinō(smear over).

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obliterate ‎(third-person singular simple present obliterates, present participle obliterating, simple past and past participle obliterated)

  1. To remove completely, leaving no trace; to wipe out; to destroy.
    • William Black (1841-1898)
      The harsh and bitter feelings of this or that experience are slowly obliterated.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter VIII”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ "I never understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."

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Italian[edit]

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obliterate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of obliterare
  2. second-person plural imperative of obliterare
  3. feminine plural of obliterato

Latin[edit]

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obliterāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of obliterō