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verb (used with object), ef·faced, ef·fac·ing.
  1. to wipe out; do away with; expunge: to efface one's unhappy memories.
  2. to rub out, erase, or obliterate (outlines, traces, inscriptions, etc.).
  3. to make (oneself) inconspicuous; withdraw (oneself) modestly or shyly.
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Origin of efface

From the Middle French word effacer, dating back to 1480–90. See ef-, face
Related formsef·face·a·ble, adjectiveef·face·ment, nounef·fac·er, nounun·ef·face·a·ble, adjectiveun·ef·faced, adjective
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Examples from the Web for uneffaced

Historical Examples

  • Note the position of the uneffaced dot with reference to the horizontal axis of the glyph.

    An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs

    Sylvanus Griswold Morley

  • The cutter was beautifully clean; built for a Brixham trawler, she still had her number—DH 113—uneffaced.

  • What has been fancied a noose is only the former outline of the horse's foot and limb, uneffaced.

  • How and when this uneffaced wound was received, we shall divulge in the succeeding chapter.

    Mark Gildersleeve

    John S. Sauzade

British Dictionary definitions for uneffaced


verb (tr)
  1. to obliterate or make dimto efface a memory
  2. to make (oneself) inconspicuous or humble through modesty, cowardice, or obsequiousness
  3. to rub out (a line, drawing, etc); erase
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Derived Formseffaceable, adjectiveeffacement, nouneffacer, noun

Word Origin

C15: from French effacer, literally: to obliterate the face; see face
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Word Origin and History for uneffaced



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.

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