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

v remove completely from recognition or memory

Synonyms:
efface
blot out, hide, obscure, veil
make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
Type of:
blur, dim, slur
become vague or indistinct

v do away with completely, without leaving a trace

Type of:
do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of
terminate, end, or take out

v mark for deletion, rub off, or erase

Synonyms:
kill, wipe out
Type of:
take away, take out
take out or remove

v make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

Synonyms:
blot out, hide, obscure, veil
efface
remove completely from recognition or memory
Types:
mystify
make mysterious
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

adj reduced to nothingness

Synonyms:
blotted out, obliterated
destroyed
spoiled or ruined or demolished

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