effacement

noun
ef·​face·​ment | \ i-ˈfās-mənt How to pronounce effacement (audio) , e- \

Definition of effacement

1 : the act or process of effacing or eliminating something Effacement of the forces that press upon or against consciousness is not a simple negation.— Charles E. Winquist especially : reduction to insignificance It wasn't until after Luce's death, in 1967, that Hadden's name was restored to its place at the top of Time's masthead. His precocious rise and then gradual effacement is the fascinating story of Isaiah Wilner's "The Man Time Forgot … " — Charles McGrath
2 medical : the thinning or obliteration of tissue or narrowing of an internal anatomical space effacement of the spinal subarachnoid space especially : the shortening and thinning of the uterine cervix during labor so that only the external orifice remains

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Examples of effacement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like many creative people, Paulson seems to balance self-effacement with the confidence of someone who is a master of her craft and is finally being recognized as such. Roxane Gay, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Paulson Has No Fear," 22 Sep. 2020 The book, a memoir and creative autobiography, is meant as an antidote, a guide to avoiding self-effacement in a world where women are routinely disappeared and quieted down. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "No One Disagrees With Rebecca Solnit," 3 Apr. 2020 The mannerism is also, obviously, a form of self-disclosure, the only form available to a man who prides himself on his self-effacement. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, "Private Parts of Speech," 10 Mar. 2020 Nasiri’s moving piece enunciates the endurance of Iraqis’ humanity in the moment of its apparent effacement—its physical negation by American bombs, and its elision from the images conveyed back to the United States by CNN. Eli Jelly-schapiro, The New York Review of Books, "The Art of Neverending Wars," 15 Feb. 2020 In a corporate world that values self-effacement and restraint, Ghosn was brash and lived too ostentatiously. Jeff Kingston For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Ghosn's dramatic escape could bring much-needed reform to Japanese companies," 17 Jan. 2020 Nowadays, those who violate progressive pieties risk ejection from the tribe and the wholesale effacement of their handiwork. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," 10 Feb. 2019 Problems of displacement and effacement in the Bay Area continue to intensify. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and the Fear of Being Erased," 7 June 2019 The effacement of women from the annals of computing began early. Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "New tech books: ‘Conspiracy,’ ‘Broad Band,’ ‘The Truth Machine’," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of effacement

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Effacement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effacement. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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effacement

noun
ef·​face·​ment | \ i-ˈfās-mənt, e- How to pronounce effacement (audio) \

Medical Definition of effacement

: the thinning or obliteration of tissue or narrowing of an internal anatomical space effacement of the spinal subarachnoid space especially : the shortening and thinning of the uterine cervix during labor so that only the external orifice remains Though far from strong enough to bring your baby into the world, late-third-trimester Braxton Hicks contractions contribute to the effacement and dilation of the cervix … — Arlene Eisenberg et al., Parenting, June/July 1996

Other Words from effacement

efface \ -​ˈfās How to pronounce efface (audio) \ transitive verb effaced; effacing

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