verb (used with object), ef·faced, ef·fac·ing.
Origin of efface
Examples from the Web for effacement
The effacement, more or less complete, of the parietal or parieto-occipital sutures in a large number of criminals.A Plea for the Criminal|James Leslie Allan Kayll
Same tactics, slightly varied, carried on to effacement of other wing of allied forces.
An impression of passing away, of the effacement of individual life.Memoirs of My Dead Life|George Moore
Its blind acceptance seals the resignation of the will and the intellect to effacement and stultification.Liberalism|L. T. Hobhouse
The effacement of farms (and churches) in Hampshire, for the planting of the New Forest, had the same effect in a minor degree.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)|Charles Creighton
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.