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Jun 20, 2012
This week's theme
Back-formations

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adulate
sere
ablate
esthesia
auscultate

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ablate

PRONUNCIATION:
(a-BLAYT)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To remove by melting, vaporizing, erosion, etc.
verb intr.: To become ablated.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from ablation, from Latin ab- (away) + ferre (to carry). Earliest documented use: before 1475; ablation is from 1425.

USAGE:
"My anger scoured my insides, burned my love for him out of me, ablated my heart's interior walls."
Arthur Phillips; The Tragedy of Arthur; Random House; 2012.

See more usage examples of ablate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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