Definition of efface in English:

efface

Syllabification: ef·face
Pronunciation: /əˈfās
 
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verb

[with object]
1Erase (a mark) from a surface: with time, the words are effaced by the frost and the rain figurative his anger was effaced when he stepped into the open air
More example sentences
  • Is the carnage associated with them a result of lurid scriptural interpretations of religion which have effaced the life of the spirit?
  • To subordinate the essentially cinematic as he does is itself a technique of ineffable skill; and to efface his signature as a director from the style of a film argues a modest purity of aim that is refreshing.
  • Only by grossly simplifying and distorting the data, particularly in the domain of literary and textual production, can such differences be effaced or ignored between the cultures in the Republic and Northern Ireland.
Synonyms
erase, eradicate, expunge, blot out, rub out, wipe out, remove, eliminate; delete, cancel, obliterate
2 (efface oneself) Make oneself appear insignificant or inconspicuous.
More example sentences
  • As author, she effaces herself absolutely in order to reflect and depict the story of Narcissus.
  • She had effaced herself when he first knew her; she had made herself small, pretending there was less of her than there really was.
  • The Talmud states that people's prayers are not accepted unless they efface themselves before God.
Synonyms
make oneself inconspicuous, keep out of sight, keep out of the limelight, lie low, keep a low profile, withdraw (oneself)

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'pardon or be absolved from (an offense)'): from French effacer, from e- (from Latin ex- 'away from') + face 'face'.

Derivatives

effacement

noun
More example sentences
  • They also inadvertently revealed the scope of art history's effacement of this context of practice.
  • Strikingly addressed are the hypocrisies and effacement within the tourist trade.
  • It was an entirely sympathetic presentation, in which there was an effacement of the self, and a presentation of a fascinating body of work, where you're supposed to go with the writer into the houses of flagellation or the houses of prayer.

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