c. 1600, from Latin erasus, past participle of eradere "scrape out, scrape off, shave; abolish, remove," from assimilated form of ex "out" (see ex-) + radere "to scrape" (see raze (v.)). Of magnetic tape, from 1945. Related: Erased; erasing.
The Turks erased the Armenians in 1915
Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!
Who erased the files from my hard disk?