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
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.
Hoekstra, a likable and self-effacing man of palpable passions, seems eternally upbeat, even when talking about how his more than 30-year-long newspaper career came to a close in March 2014.
That this obsession hasn't consumed Cooper is a testament to her mettle, sharpened over 22 years of brutal, self-effacing critiques while walking a mental tight rope during her prolific career.
Quiet and self-effacing, Vance was a study in contrasts with his flamboyant predecessor Henry Kissinger.
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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
EFFACE Defined for Kids
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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