era·​sure | \ i-ˈrā-shər 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.

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Former detainees say the centers are geared towards the erasure of an identity. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: China goes after its Muslim population," 13 Sep. 2018 That their avoidance of neutral-zone giveaways and erasure of Vegas’s transition game and redoubled presence in front of their own net presage a celebration, as soon as Game 5 Thursday night in Las Vegas. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "The Capitals Purge Their Past, One Win at a Time," 3 June 2018 Women who have come forward to say that singer R. Kelly abused them have faced a similar kind of erasure. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 This means total erasure for transgender people, who will not only lose access to rights, but who will likely face violence and trauma in both the physical and mental form in a country that refuses to acknowledge their existence. Jennifer Williams, Glamour, "The Trump Administration's Wish to Erase Transgender People Includes Me. But I'm a Republican.," 23 Oct. 2018 Like the performers who visited us that morning, the molfars of the western mountains guard the traditions of their nation from erasure. Linda Kinstler, Longreads, "Angrily Experiencing the Best Days of Our Lives," 27 June 2018 This oversimplification contributes to the erasure of eating disorder narratives within communities of color. Emilly Prado, Marie Claire, "How 'To the Bone' Contributes to the Whitewashing of Eating Disorders," 21 July 2017 The erasure and dismissal of marginalized groups is an everyday fight for those living it. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Megyn Kelly's "Blackface" Comments Reveal a Larger Truth About Appropriation," 30 Oct. 2018 This attempted erasure of trans lives is disgusting. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Trans Rights Organizations to Donate to Right Now," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of erasure

1734, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of erasure

: an act of erasing something


era·​sure | \ i-ˈrā-shər \

Kids Definition of erasure

: an act of erasing

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to deny responsibility for

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