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

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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That erasure is what the descendants gathered at Promontory Summit wanted to set right. CBS News, "Building the Transcontinental Railroad, the moonshot of the 19th century," 16 June 2019 That erasure is, ironically enough, perhaps the most allegorical aspect of the entire story: a history of American capitalism that disavows the central role slavery played in that history. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and Wall Street’s Debt to Slavery," 11 June 2019 In some instances, that erasure has been unnervingly literal. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," 10 Feb. 2019 Via a variety of poetic forms — erasure, Golden Shovel, haibun — Ewing evocatively shows, rather than tells, the ways in which history repeats itself. Laura Pearson,, "Eve L. Ewing on ‘1919,’ her new poetry collection about Chicago’s little-known race riot," 18 June 2019 And this is exactly how the costume has functioned in recent years, when worn by women protesting the insidious erasure of female rights in the West. Annie Sutherland, Quartzy, "“The Handmaid’s Tale” costume is now the ultimate symbol of women’s rights," 13 June 2019 At Palmyra in present-day Syria, for instance, satellite photos showed the erasure of the mighty temple of Bel, once the heart of the ancient city. Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books, "Cities That Touched Heaven," 6 June 2019 Goth culture will always be thought of as a predominantly white and European subculture [and] this not only creates erasure for those who have come before us but creates a barrier for those who will come after. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "10 Goths of Color on Their Beauty Routines and the Power of Representation," 22 May 2019 Despite having more than earned a sense of peace after lifetimes of struggle, the threat of erasure looms large as ever. Devin Antheus, Vogue, "Legends of San Francisco," 30 Apr. 2019

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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


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

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: an act of erasing

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