Definition of efface
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
effaceableplay \i-ˈfā-sə-bəl, e-\ adjective
Examples of efface in a Sentence
coins with dates effaced by wear
a memory effaced by time
Recent Examples of efface from the Web
His absence, however long, raises the prospect of a Senate without its sometimes trash-talking, yet also self-effacing, senator from Arizona for the first time in more than three decades.
The 150-minute ceremony combined the serious with the self-effacing.
Much of it has to do with his personality, which is equal parts humility with an self-effacing charm.
My friends and I who hold connection to Islam try to make the blow of our current political climate into self-effacing jokes.
Her focus on seeking answers and being self-effacing about her own shortcomings is commendable.
So far, Trump's conduct of his office has been hardly more self-effacing.
But while the money rolls in, a small but persistent core of outrage has forced the formerly self-promoting Nix and company to turn shy and self-effacing.
But that confrontation and a string of others in the months since have given Mr. Shaub, a self-effacing career bureaucrat more comfortable parsing legal arguments and wonkish ethics guidelines, the reputation of a fighter.
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Origin and Etymology of efface
Middle English, from Anglo-French esfacer, effacer, from e- + face face
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
EFFACE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of efface for English Language Learners
: to cause (something) to fade or disappear
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Definition of efface for Students
: 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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