Obliteration is the total destruction of something, so that nothing remains of it. Holding a lit match up to a balloon might cause its obliteration.

The noun obliteration can describe a literal destruction, like an explosion or terrible fire, but it's also frequently used to mean a more figurative kind of eradication. You might, for example, hear people on the news talk about the obliteration of democracy in a country, or the obliteration of a politician's candidacy after a scandal is revealed. The word comes from the Latin obliterare, "cause to disappear, blot out, or erase."

Definitions of obliteration

n destruction by annihilating something

atomisation, atomization
annihilation by reducing something to atoms
pulverisation, pulverization
annihilation by pulverizing something
vaporisation, vaporization
annihilation by vaporizing something
Type of:
destruction, devastation
the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists

n the complete destruction of every trace of something

Type of:
demolition, destruction, wipeout
an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something

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