the act of wiping out, erasing, or doing away with something: The gradual effacement of ethnic differences has often been seen as a solution to the difficulties experienced by immigrants.
the act or habit of humbly keeping oneself in the background; self-effacement: There's nothing showy about the way this author writes; a sort of vast humility and effacement echoes through the whole book.
Medicine/Medical. the thinning of bodily tissue, especially of the cervix to prepare for childbirth: Cervical effacement is usually nearly complete before the first phase of labor.
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How to use effacement in a sentence
It is no wonder he could not find the balance between self-effacement and self-promotion.Sometimes Memoirs, Especially by Our Own Kin, Tell Us More Than They Intend | Louisa Thomas | June 16, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
"I'm just a hack," he says, sincerely, although I believe his self-effacement doubles as a cover.
This will require patience and self-effacement from a man accustomed to dominating the economic-policy discussion.
Owing to her consummate genius for self-effacement, Brodrick remained peculiarly unaware.The Creators | May Sinclair
On the background of Jane's silence and effacement nothing stood out except Gertrude Collett.The Creators | May Sinclair
She had produced the effect of shrinking from observation under some subtle shadow of self-effacement.The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The agency of their effacement was an endemic disorder known as yellow fever.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
Somehow, their self-effacement in his behalf touched him more keenly than anything else had done during this troubled period.The Pillar of Light | Louis Tracy