1. mark for deletion, rub off, or erase;
- Example: "kill these lines in the President's speech"
[syn: kill, obliterate, wipe out]
2. make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing;
- Example: "a hidden message"
- Example: "a veiled threat"
[syn: obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hide]
3. remove completely from recognition or memory;
- Example: "efface the memory of the time in the camps"
[syn: obliterate, efface]
4. do away with completely, without leaving a trace;
1. reduced to nothingness;
[syn: blotted out, obliterate, obliterated]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Obliterate \Ob*lit"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obliterated; p. pr. & vb. n. Obliterating.] [L. obliteratus, p. p. of obliterare to obliterate; ob (see Ob-) + litera, littera, letter. See Letter.] 1. To erase or blot out; to efface; to render undecipherable, as a writing. [1913 Webster] 2. To wear out; to remove or destroy utterly by any means; to render imperceptible; as, to obliterate ideas; to obliterate the monuments of antiquity. [1913 Webster] The harsh and bitter feelings of this or that experience are slowly obliterated. --W. Black. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Obliterate \Ob*lit"er*ate\, a. (Zool.) Scarcely distinct; -- applied to the markings of insects. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "obliterate": absolve, annihilate, black out, blot, blot out, cancel, consign to oblivion, cross out, declare a moratorium, dele, delete, destroy, efface, eliminate, eradicate, erase, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, forgive, kill, nullify, raze, rub out, rule out, scratch, scratch out, sponge, sponge out, strike off, strike out, wipe out, write off