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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The shock is magical yet emotionally unsettling, reminding you of people’s courage in the face of oppression, history’s erasures, and the way the past recedes into darkness. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "12 Galleries to Visit Now in Chelsea," 26 Apr. 2018 The new regulation also provides individuals with the right to examine the data an organization has collected about them, the right to request the erasure of that information, and the right to withdraw their consent at any time. Mike Chapple, Fortune, "Commentary: How to Really Protect Your Digital Privacy: Move to Europe," 17 Apr. 2018 But for a group that thinks of itself first and foremost as a live band, U2’s near-erasure of Zooropa from its set lists is the most telling indicator of the album’s legacy. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The unexpected resonance of Zooropa, U2’s least-remembered album, 25 years later," 5 July 2018 Intensely guarded, the couple prohibited any discussion of racial identity at home; Clark describes the effect of this erasure on their children. George Prochnik, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 24 June 2018 The right to permanent erasure of personal information upon request. Cathy Cunningham,, "Column: How European Union rules on data privacy will help people in the U.S.," 18 Apr. 2018 The violence that Wojnarowicz was seeking to address was, then, compounded by erasure. Ryan Kost,, "Queer art exhibition explores shaping force of ‘A History of Violence’," 12 June 2018 Instead, The Handmaid's Tale shows the erasure of the concept entirely., "The Handmaid's Tale," 24 May 2018 For example, those who harbor books are punished through an official erasure of their identity. Daniel D'addario, Time, "HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 Extinguishes What Made the Book Great," 14 May 2018

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1734, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of erasure

: an act of erasing something ( chiefly US )


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: an act of erasing

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