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 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 Teen Vogue spoke with several participants in the program, teens from different backgrounds with unique perspectives of what Arctic erasure is to them and what’s to come. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program Is Bringing Awareness to Environmental and Community Issues in Alaska," 24 Sep. 2018 The erasure of black culture from the collective memory of the 1980s is no small nitpicking of the liberal cultural critic. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Ready Player One and the Unbearable Whiteness of ’80s Nostalgia," 30 Mar. 2018 The artist’s fascination with his family’s surviving artifacts feels like furious mourning for this original erasure. Sharon Mizota,, "The mystery of the puppet-head box: Why an Iowa childhood has been unpacked in an L.A. gallery," 30 May 2018 Consequently, students who become disinterested in a course or vocal about its shortcomings and historical erasure are often labeled defiant and pushed out of the classroom. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES," 10 July 2018 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

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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 ( chiefly US )


era·​sure | \i-ˈrā-shər \

Kids Definition of erasure

: an act of erasing

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