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 These enactments of erasure were not solely in relation to kelp—many of our knowledges have been stolen and appropriated from us. Jen Rose Smith, Vogue, 11 June 2021 Indigenous resistance to erasure and misrepresentation is not new. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana, affords a reassuring counterpoint to the persistent erasure of uncomfortable facts. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Critics of the mayor who have long accused her of supporting the idea of racial justice efforts without following through with policy pointed to the erasure of the mural as evidence that the words were always empty. Washington Post, 11 May 2021 Others may be tempted to focus on the history of the man whose name sits on the building now — George Mason — and turn the conversation into one about erasure. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 The immediate aftermath was marked by a different kind of campaign—one of erasure. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 25 May 2021 The bill teeters with erasure — America was never this racially harmonious country, why try to frame it as such? Shelby Stewart, Chron, 14 May 2021 The second vital piece of the puzzle was the principle of erasure. Quanta Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of erasure

1734, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of erasure was in 1734

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16 Jun 2021

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“Erasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of erasure

: an act of erasing something


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

Kids Definition of erasure

: an act of erasing


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