- to wipe out; do away with; expunge: to efface one's unhappy memories.
- to rub out, erase, or obliterate (outlines, traces, inscriptions, etc.).
- to make (oneself) inconspicuous; withdraw (oneself) modestly or shyly.
Origin of efface
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Examples from the Web for efface
Why should he efface himself, if it meant Sidney's unhappiness?K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
But here is a confession which a hundred crosses can not efface.The Book of Khalid
This was alone wanting to efface every trace of the old Republican spirit.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Enough to efface it in the eyes of one who had never sinned?
The better to efface the impress of their tyrannical past, I had to dip them into water.The Choice of Life
- to obliterate or make dimto efface a memory
- to make (oneself) inconspicuous or humble through modesty, cowardice, or obsequiousness
- to rub out (a line, drawing, etc); erase
C15: from French effacer, literally: to obliterate the face; see face
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Word Origin and History for efface
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