- 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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Historical Examples of effaceable
- 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
Word Origin for efface
C15: from French effacer, literally: to obliterate the face; see face
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Word Origin and History for effaceable
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