Obliterate is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of obliterate, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - reduced to nothingness
EXAMPLES - Obliterate in a Sentence
- Also when she retracts her "obliterate" Iran threat. (source)
- I read your story about Clinton wanting to "obliterate" Iran. (source)
- Finally, she mentioned "obliterate" Iran if they attacked Israel. (source)
- She sounds to me like a Republican with her "obliterate" comment on Iran. (source)
- Hillary will pull the trigger to, as she says, "obliterate" another country. (source)
- Hillary Clinton has just threatened to "obliterate" Iran if it attacks Israel. (source)
- She went on to say that we have the ability to "obliterate" Iran if this happens. (source)
- He criticized the use of Hillary Clinton's word obliterate when referring to Iran. (source)
- Old king of language like "obliterate" your enemy is no longer acceptable in nowdays. (source)
- Clinton's comments were that she would "obliterate" Iran if Iran attacked Israel first. (source)
- I would have voted for her - but she lost me on her 3am ads - and her "obliterate" Iran bellicosity. (source)
- If you don't know the difference between "obliterate" and "act forcefully", you should just log off now. (source)
- Hillary voted for the Iraq was and even as she claimed she was mistaken said she would 'obliterate' Iran. (source)
- And who can forget Hillary Clinton's claim, during her run for president, that we might have to "obliterate" Iran. (source)
- Still, could we talk about the formal protest Iran has lodged at the United Nations over her 'obliterate' comments? (source)
- Using the word obliterate, however, is the kind of language that we've seen George Bush use over the last seven years. (source)
- One cannot "obliterate" Iran. 70 million people, five times the size of Iraq, and which troops, exactly, will be going? (source)
- Using the word obliterate, however, is the kind of language that we have seen George Bush use over the last seven years. (source)
- We aren't too fond of presidents who threaten to "obliterate" countries, just to impress certain influential voting blocks. (source)
- What idiocy, no wonder you support Hillary Clinton - she's the one who wants to "obliterate" Iran sounds like Dubya to me .. (source)
- (Their next goal, as Hillary announced for them, is to "obliterate" Iran, which they fear Obama is not anxious enough to do.) (source)
- Hillary's statement that she would 'obliterate' Iran and Iran's response to the United Nations should have been front page news. (source)
- But to obliterate from the Constitution the principle of eternal peace will be nothing but an act of betrayal against the peoples of (source)
- Do you really want a president who is so willing to "obliterate" 20 million children in Iran just to prove she's as "tough" as the boys? (source)
- Then again, this is the person who would be happy to "obliterate" Iran including all of the innocent women and children who reside there. (source)
- I've always said that I would not vote for Hillary because of her foreign policy - Iraq vote, Kyl-Lieberman, and lately "obliterate" Iran. (source)
- She even got on National TV and stated that she would "obliterate" the whole country of Iran, and not one media source has picked up the story. (source)
- Or the 10 reasons the media haven't reported that Iran has filed an official complaint against Hillary for her threat to "obliterate" the country. (source)
- He did not compare Clinton to Bush he indicated of the Clinton "obliterate" language that "It's not the language we need right now," Obama replied. (source)
- ROBERTS: And in our conversation earlier today with Barack Obama, he criticized Hillary Clinton's use of the word obliterate when referring to Iran. (source)
- What if she gets confused (Bosnia) again about a threat to US citizens and "pulls the trigger" repeatedly with nukes (the best way to "obliterate" a nation)? (source)
- I want "obliterate" -- that would be justice condign, for the rag that brought us Walter Duranty and Neil Sheehan, and all those gay front-page editors in "Pinchy" (source)
- I need to know why Hillary's statement that she would 'obliterate' Iran has not been front page news, this is a direct reflection of the tone of her foreign policy. (source)
- It is hard to believe that the American people could possibly contemplate having for a president someone who is prepared to, in her own words, "obliterate" an entire nation i.e. Iran. (source)
- She said that we were able to obliterate, which is technically a true statement of fact, and she said it was appropriate for the United States to be very serious in showing its commitment to Israel's security. (source)
- I pretty much stayed that way until she stated she was ready, McCain was ready, but Obama wasn't (stabbing her own party in the back) and then when she made the "obliterate" statement, I went into anti-Hillary mode. (source)
- Using the word obliterate, however, is the kind of language that we have seen George Bush use over the last seven years and it's precisely that kind of provocative language that Senator Clinton criticized others for. (source)
- Merriam-Webster tells us that the root of "obliterate" comes from the Latin word "littera", for "letter," so that obliterate really means to destroy the alphabet -- to erase not only every word but the very capacity to create words. (source)
- GLORIA BORGER, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, you know, the notion that the Iranians are complaining about saber rattling from Hillary Clinton because she used the word obliterate if they were to consider attacking Israel is kind of a joke. (source)
- When CNN's Rick Sanchez had a panel discussion on Hillary's "obliterate Iran" comment, he rhetorically asked words to the effect "well, 'obliterate' is just a word ... what she meant was we would deal with Iran harshly ... so what's wrong with that?" (source)
- Do you believe the reason Wolf supports Hillary is because he feels safer with Hillary's defense of the state of Israel and her desire to "obliterate" Iran rather than Obama's willingness to find real peace with input from all parties including the Palestinians? (source)
- The possibility that de Man raises for us here, and that Guillory's critique does not obliterate, is whether Proust's text depends on patterns of substitution that are, according to the text, incompatible with the text's own thematic valorization of those patterns. (source)
- Using the word obliterate, however, is the kind of language that we have seen George Bush use over the last seven years and it's precisely that kind of provocative language that Senator Clinton criticized others for in the past, suggesting that if you're running for president, you shouldn't be stirring up international incidents. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 49.0, which suggests that "obliterate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 52 synonyms for obliterate.
KO, X-out, annihilate, ax, black out, blot out, blue pencil, bog, cancel, cover, cut, defeat, delete, do in, efface, eliminate, eradicate, erase, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, finish, finish off, kill, knock off, knock out, level, liquidate, mark out, nix, obscure, off, ravage, root out, rub off, rub out, scratch, scrub, shoot down, sink, smash, squash, take apart, take out, torpedo, total, trash, wash out, waste, wipe off face of earth, wipe out, zap
We have 18 antonyms for obliterate.
add, aid, assist, bear, begin, build, construct, create, fix, help, initiate, keep, leave alone, revive, save, schedule, set up, start
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ə-blĭtˈə-rātˌ, ō-blĭtˈ-)
View up to 25 definitions of obliterate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To do away with completely so as to leave no trace. See Synonyms at abolish.
- (verb-transitive) To wipe out, rub off, or erase (writing or other markings).
- (verb-transitive) Medicine To remove completely (a body organ or part), as by surgery, disease, or radiation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To remove completely, leaving no trace; to wipe out; to destroy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To erase or blot out; to efface; to render undecipherable, as a writing.
- (verb-transitive) To wear out; to remove or destroy utterly by any means; to render imperceptible.
- (adjective) Scarcely distinct; -- applied to the markings of insects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To blot or render undecipherable; blot out; erase; efface; remove all traces of.
- (None) Synonyms Erase, Expunge, etc. (see efface), rub out, rub off, wipe out, remove.
- (None) In entomology, almost effaced; obsolete or very indistinct, as the surface-markings of an insect.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) reduced to nothingness
- (verb) mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
- (verb) remove completely from recognition or memory
- (verb) make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
- (verb) do away with completely, without leaving a trace