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 The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant erasure of spring football and in-person visits is seen as the biggest reason. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "How the transfer portal lost its vice grip on college football," 5 July 2020 The doc also speaks to how the erasure of trans men except for in traumatizing stories (Boys Don’t Cry) can still be damaging even when a film is powerful or handled delicately. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "This Doc Is A Wakeup Call About Transgender Representation in Hollywood," 29 June 2020 In a rousing counter to the prison system’s dehumanization through civic erasure, Choy and Maurizio affirm their interviewees’ individual presences, rooting a systemic critique in accounts of deeply personal suffering. Phoebe Chen, The New York Review of Books, "The Films of Women’s Liberation," 27 June 2020 The erasure of a Black woman, in the name of a company backed by Prada who used outrage marketing with its imagery of Blackface monkey keychains, is a slap in the face. Mikeisha Vaughn, Essence, "We Asked You To Remember Who Did It First And You Did Not," 4 June 2020 Americans should be concerned about the toppling of statues and attempted erasure of American history, Venezuelan political activist and TikToker Elizabeth Rogliani cautioned Tuesday. Fox News, "Venezuelan activist warns Americans about statue removals: It will be a 'slippery slope'," 24 June 2020 They Fall does its part to correct the erasure of Black cowboys in westerns. Marcus Jones,, "Da 5 Bloods breakout Jonathan Majors isn't here to have fun," 23 June 2020 Any alterations to this holy ground are an act of violent erasure of Birmingham’s global legacy of Human Rights and Liberation. Anna Beahm |, al, "Birmingham won’t rename 16th Street for Black Lives Matter," 22 June 2020 The erasure of Black men from several parts of American society, including health care, is by design. Torian Easterling, Time, "America Can't Afford to Lose More Black Male Doctors," 18 June 2020

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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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9 Jul 2020

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“Erasure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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