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  • n. The total destruction of something
  • n. The cancellation, erasure or deletion of something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of obliterating, or the state of being obliterated; extinction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of obliterating or effacing; a blotting out or wearing out; effacement; extinction.
  • n. In entomology, the state of being obliterate; also, an obliterated part of a suture, margin, etc.
  • n. In pathology, the closure of a canal or cavity of the body by adhesion of its walls.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. destruction by annihilating something
  • n. the complete destruction of every trace of something


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  • Use more explosives than shown in the examples on large animals like moose, especially if total obliteration is desired.

    Obliterating Animal Carcasses With Explosives

  • In situations where total animal obliteration is necessary, it is advisable to double the amount of explosives used in the first two examples.

    Obliterating Animal Carcasses With Explosives

  • The movie ends as the remainder of Douglas's unit -- about to return to the front and certain obliteration -- sits in a tavern and grows teary-eyed listening to a German song of nostalgia, the final message being that nations 'leaders, not peoples, are the ones who want war.

    Blood and Motherly Advice

  • Share prices were up and commentators generally agreed that this is the best way to avert a short-term obliteration of finance as we know it.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • What followed can be best described as obliteration.

    The Soldiers of Halla

  • It has long been clear that the Palestinian people don't want peace with Israel unless peace can be defined as the obliteration of your adversary.

    Mail Call

  • We didn't remove Gaddafi because his obliteration was the first move in an intelligently mapped-out strategic imperative but because Nicolas Sarkozy sniffed a political opportunity and David Cameron, in common with other European leaders, was reluctant to "stand idly by" or be said to in the very possible circumstances of slaughter in Benghazi. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • In the last 250 years the world has gathered so much momentum that it is careening towards obliteration, which is a scary thought.

    Entertainment magazine The Cheers

  • Now she's talking "obliteration" of another country while we are embroiled in two wars.

    NY Times slams Clinton's 'negativity'

  • We need to go with the candidate that's going to get democrats back in the white house, take action to end this war, and not threaten Iran with "obliteration"!

    Second former DNC chair backs Obama


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  • In stamp collecting, the term refers to a cancellation intended solely to deface a stamp (also called a "killer"). It may also describe an overprint intended to deface a portion of the design of a stamp (such as the face of a deposed ruler).

    August 27, 2008