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[self-i-feys-muh nt, self-]
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  1. the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility.
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Origin of self-effacement

First recorded in 1865–70
Related formsself-ef·fac·ing, adjectiveself-ef·fac·ing·ly, adverbself-ef·fac·ing·ness, noun
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  • He wondered, with a fresh burst of self-effacement, what people would say about it.


    Holworthy Hall

  • And, with her faculty for self-effacement, he knew she would not be unhappy.

    The Patrician

    John Galsworthy

  • She had learnt the art of self-effacement to the point of showing no trace of being there at all.

    The Limit

    Ada Leverson

  • Her attitude toward him was perpetually one of self-effacement.

  • Did it dimly occur to him that the principle of this reserve was self-control and not self-effacement?

    Madame de Mauves

    Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for self-effacement


  1. the act of making oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity
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