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.

Recent Examples on the Web

If people like that can be left out, that’s an erasure. Amanda Blanco,, "A new project reveals the hidden history of colonial people of color who are buried in downtown Hartford," 6 Sep. 2019 Rush went on to talk about the erasure of bisexual people, the life expectancy of trans women and encouraged his followers to contribute to GLAAD and The Trevor Project. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Joshua Rush is 'an out and proud bisexual man'," 7 Aug. 2019 Set in various parts of the Big Easy (specifically New Orleans East, where most tourists never go), this brave work delves into such issues as poor housing, subpar health care, family bonds, personal erasure and survival. Bridgette Bartlett Royall, Essence, "Great Summer Beach Reads: 5 Sizzling Reads To Crack Open Now," 23 July 2019 Those calling for debt erasure and free tuition may mention rising costs, but seldom parse the problem out. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Student debt issue needs more study," 30 June 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Beyond that, there’s the issue of erasure. Stacy L. Smith, Time, "Hollywood Has the Power to Combat Damaging Stereotypes About Latinos. Here's Proof That It's Utterly Failing," 27 Aug. 2019 The states with the toughest solitary-cowboy reputations — Montana, Alaska and Wyoming — charted highest on the self-erasure scale. Bruce Barcott, New York Times, "Even in Hemingway’s Woods, Sometimes a Man Needs to Cry," 2 Aug. 2019 Alexander said, citing concerns about misrepresentation and even erasure of black history. NBC News, "Ebony and Jet magazines' photo archive will go to Smithsonian," 26 July 2019 Fascists used to be distinguished by their penchant for obedience, submission, and self-erasure, with the power of public emotional expression reserved for the dictator. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'erasure.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of erasure

1734, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about erasure

Dictionary Entries near erasure

eraser shield







Statistics for erasure

Last Updated

18 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for erasure

The first known use of erasure was in 1734

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for erasure



English Language Learners Definition of erasure

: an act of erasing something


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

Kids Definition of erasure

: an act of erasing

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on erasure

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for erasure

Spanish Central: Translation of erasure

Nglish: Translation of erasure for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of erasure for Arabic Speakers

Comments on erasure

What made you want to look up erasure? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to spread over or through

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!