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[self-i-feys-muh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪˈfeɪs mənt, ˌsɛlf-/
the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility.
Origin of self-effacement
First recorded in 1865-70
Related forms
self-effacing, adjective
self-effacingly, adverb
self-effacingness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But there are times and occasions when resignation in its self-effacement resembles suicide.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • She had learnt the art of self-effacement to the point of showing no trace of being there at all.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • And, with her faculty for self-effacement, he knew she would not be unhappy.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • Perhaps he had carried his principle of self-effacement too far.

  • A sunny autumn morning is exercising its genial influence, and the courage of self-effacement awakens in her.

  • "Just happened to think of it," said Mr. Cassidy, with a coy gesture of self-effacement.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • Yet we must admit that this self-effacement had become a hindrance to their work.

    The Priestly Vocation Bishop Bernard Ward
  • Then he has a sad, comfortable glow at his own self-effacement.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for self-effacement


the act of making oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity
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