effacement

noun
ef·​face·​ment | \i-ˈfās-mənt, 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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Colleagues soon found Kennedy to be an odd combination of bombast and self-effacement. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "With Justice Kennedy Gone, It's Trump's Court Now," 28 June 2018 Ford told Kissinger with characteristic self-effacement. Evan Thomas, New York Times, "Gerald Ford, President Nice Guy," 26 June 2018 Like their home country, the R70x make a virtue of self-effacement. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica R70x review: the definition of neutral headphones," 6 July 2018 That may sound like trouble, but the innate self-effacement built into the actor’s breezy motormouth skill set apparently kept his better instincts at the fore. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Ryan Reynolds takes a comic high dive into 'Deadpool 2'," 14 May 2018 Marrying into a family whose identity demands the effacement of your own is a tricky venture in the most straightforward of circumstances. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Royal Romance," 11 May 2018 Fans of Crosley’s signature humor — a blend of upbeat and offbeat self-effacement — will not be disappointed. Alana Massey, New York Times, "The Essays Are Personal. The Truths Are Universal.," 19 Apr. 2018 At one point, Baryshnikov, standing inside the greenhouse behind its glass wall, starts whitewashing the panes that separate him from the audience, making himself disappear—a literal act of self-effacement. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Dance / Poetry / Theater Brodsky/Baryshnikov is a meditation on mortality, with a little bit of dancing," 3 Feb. 2018 The band was defined by his peculiar psychology—narcissism tempered by self-effacement topped with a wicked sense of humor—and driven by a genius guitarist, Johnny Marr, with no desire for the spotlight. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "Morrissey's 'Viva Hate' Turns 30: How His Solo Debut Predicted His Post-Smiths Career," 14 Mar. 2018

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1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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effacement

noun
ef·​face·​ment | \i-ˈfās-mənt, e- \

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

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efface \ -​ˈfās \ transitive verb effaced; effacing

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