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.
- ef·face·a·ble, adjective
- ef·face·ment, noun
- ef·fac·er, noun
- un·ef·face·a·ble, adjective
- un·ef·faced, adjective
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How to use efface in a sentence
The announcer said brightly, “She is completely effaced right now, and she just lost her mucus plug.”
Upon her Kerry directed a look from which all fierceness had been effaced, and which expressed only an undying admiration.Dope | Sax Rohmer
The scene produced an effect upon the spirit of Jane which was never effaced.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Home-sickness and yearning effaced all other impressions, and destroyed all his earlier tendencies, desires, and thoughts.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
She sat unnoticed and effaced; only from time to time the young girl, Winny Heron, sent her a look from soft eyes that adored her.The Creators | May Sinclair
It was a stain that can never be effaced—a deed most diabolical, and what we thought would call down the vengeance of heaven.The Children of the New Forest | Captain Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for efface
to obliterate or make dim: to efface a memory
to make (oneself) inconspicuous or humble through modesty, cowardice, or obsequiousness
to rub out (a line, drawing, etc); erase
- effaceable, adjective
- effacement, noun
- effacer, noun
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