[ ih-feys ]
/ ɪˈfeɪs /
verb (used with object), ef·faced, ef·fac·ing.
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.
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ef·face·a·ble, adjectiveef·face·ment, nounef·fac·er, nounun·ef·face·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for effaceable
/ (ɪˈfeɪs) /
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
Derived Formseffaceable, adjectiveeffacement, nouneffacer, noun
Word Origin for efface
C15: from French effacer, literally: to obliterate the face; see face
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