obliteration

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
  1. noun
    destruction by annihilating something
    synonyms: annihilation
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    types:
    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
  2. noun
    the complete destruction of every trace of something
    synonyms: eradication
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    type of:
    demolition, destruction, wipeout
    an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
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