verb (used with object), ef·faced, ef·fac·ing.
Origin of efface
Examples from the Web for efface
The slightest spot of dew or rain upon it produces a spot of rust which takes weeks of constant rubbing to efface.Venice|Dorothy Menpes
Amherst, that morning, had sought out his wife with the definite resolve to efface the unhappy impression of their previous talk.The Fruit of the Tree|Edith Wharton
Whose pretty little footmarks could he have taken such pains to efface while he left his own?The Village Rector|Honore de Balzac
The few words spoken have left an impress upon the tablets of memory that time can not efface.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love|Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
She was always ready to efface herself, and in fact seemed to prefer it.Wanted: A Cook|Alan Dale
Word Origin for efface
late 15c., from Middle French effacer, from Old French esfacier (12c.) "to wipe out, destroy," literally "to remove the face," from es- "out" (see ex-) + face "appearance," from Latin facies "face" (see face (n.)). Related: Effaced; effacing. Cf. deface.