era·​sure | \ i-ˈrā-shər How to pronounce erasure (audio) also -zhər \

Definition of erasure

: an act or instance of erasing

Examples of erasure in a Sentence

accidental erasure of the tape There were many errors and erasures in the typescript.
Recent Examples on the Web Many Latinas are challenging this idea of pelo malo out of frustration around the erasure of Blackness within Latinx communities. Thatiana Diaz,, "The Complex Relationship Between Latinas, Race, & Braids," 23 Apr. 2020 Key questions include how long the authorities will be able to hang on to personal information, and whether people will still be able to demand the erasure of their data after the crisis ends. David Meyer, Fortune, "More surveillance and less privacy will be the new normal after the coronavirus pandemic," 20 Apr. 2020 The ritual of cleaning is thus, on some level, a vivid act of erasure. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, "Daniel Mason on the Weight of History," 6 Apr. 2020 Now, directors Phil Bertelsen and Rachel Dretzin, and producers Shayla Harris and Nailah Ife Sims, are under fire for their erasure of female scholars and producers. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "How women’s co-working startup The Wing fell to Earth," 27 Feb. 2020 What conjures the sense that Hamilton is speaking through the years, directly to us and to our crisis, is the total erasure of the context in which his words originated. William Hogeland, The New Republic, "History Won’t Save Us," 25 Mar. 2020 Thanks to the erasures of time and a sheepish reluctance by the worldwide cultural elites to delve too deeply into the abuses of left-wing regimes, Communist atrocities have been filed in the deep-storage sub-basements of the collective memory. Kyle Smith, National Review, "In Balloon, a Great Escape from Socialism," 26 Feb. 2020 Clemency can be granted in the form of a pardon, which is the erasure of a criminal charge, or by commuting the remainder of a person’s sentence. Neil Vigdor, New York Times, "Reality Winner, Imprisoned for Leaking Russian Hacking Report, Seeks Clemency," 17 Feb. 2020 In it, the author argues that the addition of Central American studies is an erasure of the Chicano and Mexican American experience. Daniel Alvarenga, Washington Post, "What I learned about my Salvadoran heritage from a Central American studies class," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of erasure

1734, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2020

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“Erasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of erasure

: an act of erasing something


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: an act of erasing

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