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obliterate

verb     /əˈblɪt.ər.eɪt/ US  /-ˈblɪt̬.ə.reɪt/
[T often passive] to remove all signs of something, either by destroying it or by covering it so that it cannot be seen : The missile strike was devastating - the target was totally obliterated. All of a sudden the view was obliterated by the fog .Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoilingCovering and adding layers [T] to make an idea or feeling disappear completely : Perhaps she gets drunk to obliterate painful memories .Forgetting and forgetfulness obliteration     /əˌblɪt.ərˈeɪ.ʃən/ US  /-ˌblɪt̬.əˈreɪ-/ noun [U] Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoilingCovering and adding layers
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