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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Recent Examples on the Web Their replacements, designed by a corps of ultraprestigious architects, share an aesthetic of ruthless self-effacement. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 31 Aug. 2021 Krieps, who now mostly lives in Berlin with her two children, said that her desire for self-effacement was largely rooted in her upbringing in Luxembourg, a tiny duchy squeezed between Belgium, France and Germany. New York Times, 28 July 2021 Remembering that moment now, Matt Damon flashed his movie-star smile, then slipped back into self-effacement. New York Times, 27 July 2021 Chad moves stiffly through the world, swinging from bouts of loud hyperactivity to a muttery, almost physical self-effacement. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 16 Mar. 2021 Her self-effacement couldn’t meet her standard of telling the truth. Eric Boodman @ericboodman, STAT, 17 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 10 Mar. 2020

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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 28 Oct. 2021.

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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 effacement (audio) \ transitive verb effaced; effacing

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