efface

verb
ef·​face | \i-ˈfās, e-\
effaced; effacing

Definition of efface 

transitive verb

1 : to eliminate or make indistinct by or as if by wearing away a surface coins with dates effaced by wear also : to cause to vanish daylight effaced the stars

2 : to make (oneself) modestly or shyly inconspicuous

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Other Words from efface

effaceable \i-​ˈfā-​sə-​bəl, e-​ \ adjective
effacer noun

Examples of efface in a Sentence

coins with dates effaced by wear a memory effaced by time

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Appearances from Ricky Martin, RuPaul, and John Legend kept things lively, though the number set a somewhat awkwardly self-effacing tone for the rest of the evening. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Emmys’ opening musical number was a wry nod to Hollywood’s (lack of) diversity," 18 Sep. 2018 Ferry, by nature shy and self-effacing, reinvented himself as a fop with issues. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Roxy Music: Still mind-blowing, still overlooked," 22 Feb. 2018 The book catapulted a shy, self-effacing man into a sudden spokesperson for the marginalized immigrant — and also imprinted him as the adventurous bad boy. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "He may have had a bad boy persona, but Anthony Bourdain was lovely, loyal and so damn smart," 9 June 2018 In Imperial Rome, the poets Horace and Ovid took stepmotherly wickedness for granted, while the historian Tacitus’ grotesque portrait of Livia, the third wife of the Emperor Augustus, has yet to be effaced. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Empress’ Review: Light of the Mughal World," 13 July 2018 The spiritual figurehead of the team in many ways has been Southgate, a former England player whose self-effacing enthusiasm has become central to the group’s appeal. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "England Takes Another Step Toward Bringing ‘It’ Home," 8 July 2018 Baddiel Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, 'Three Lions' (1996) Leave it to England to inject a dash of bittersweet nostalgia mixed with self-effacing humor into a field not known for either quality. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Best World Cup songs of all time, from Ricky Martin and Shakira to 'Three Lions'," 27 June 2018 The prevalence of bloviating, uncivilized screamers makes Charles’s self-effacing reserve especially refreshing. Fay Vincent, WSJ, "Charles Krauthammer Goes Out Like Gehrig," 10 June 2018 Media: NowThis News For Canadians — who don’t totally reject their stereotyped image as self-effacing and nice — the eruption seemed completely at odds with their own national temperament. Rob Gillies And David Crary, Houston Chronicle, "Canada-US relations at a low after Trudeau-Trump trade tiff," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of efface

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for efface

Middle English, from Anglo-French esfacer, effacer, from e- + face face

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efface

verb

English Language Learners Definition of efface

: to cause (something) to fade or disappear

efface

verb
ef·​face | \i-ˈfās \
effaced; effacing

Kids Definition of efface

: to cause to fade or disappear … she wished to efface the memory of yesterday's failure …— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

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