obliterate

When you see obliterate, think of evil alien invaders that zap a planet with a destructive ray. In one blast, the planet and all of the people on it are vaporized. The planet is truly obliterated, or completely wiped out.

A long time ago, obliterate had to do with blotting out words on a page. This is why you see the word literate in there. Today it means to erase or destroy completely so that there is nothing left. While you can still obliterate text, you can also obliterate hope, an opponent, or all traces of your presence. Whatever you obliterate is completely gone.

Definitions of obliterate
  1. verb
    remove completely from recognition or memory
    synonyms: efface
    blot out, hide, obscure, veil
    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
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    type of:
    blur, dim, slur
    become vague or indistinct
  2. verb
    do away with completely, without leaving a trace
    synonyms: annihilate
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    type of:
    do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of
    terminate, end, or take out
  3. verb
    mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
    synonyms: kill, wipe out
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    type of:
    take away, take out
    take out or remove
  4. verb
    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
    synonyms: blot out, hide, obscure, veil
    efface
    remove completely from recognition or memory
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    types:
    mystify
    make mysterious
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  5. adjective
    reduced to nothingness
    synonyms: blotted out, obliterated
    destroyed
    spoiled or ruined or demolished
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