- 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 effacement
No mutilation, no gore; just an effacement—prompt and absolute—'there wasn't any.'Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
Her pink and white character had also suffered the effacement of the years.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
An impression of passing away, of the effacement of individual life.Memoirs of My Dead Life
Her remedy seems to be effacement for herself and bribes for her young barbarians.The Open Question
My effacement was only temporary, as Siringo appeared at his room shortly afterward.The Outlet
- 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 effacement
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