Sunday, August 08, 2004
efface transitive verb [ih-FAYS] To cause to disappear by rubbing out, striking out, etc.; to erase; to render illegible or indiscernible.
Definitions for efface
- To cause to disappear by rubbing out, striking out, etc.; to erase; to render illegible or indiscernible.
- To destroy, as a mental impression; to wipe out; to eliminate completely.
- To make (oneself) inconspicuous.
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Citations for efface
Her fingerprints were gone, she thought. Effaced.
Death, so omnipresent in the past that it was familiar, would be effaced, would disappear.
Origin of efface
Efface comes from French effacer, from Old French esfacier, from es-, "out" (from Latin ex-) + face, "face" (from Latin facies).