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Definition of "efface" []

  • To rub or wipe out; erase. (verb-transitive)
  • To make indistinct as if by rubbing: "Five years' absence had done nothing to efface the people's memory of his firmness” ( Alan Moorehead). See Synonyms at erase. (verb-transitive)
  • To conduct (oneself) inconspicuously: "When the two women went out together, Anna deliberately effaced herself and played to the dramatic Molly” ( Doris Lessing). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "efface" in a sentence
  • "Her sister caught hold of the word efface, and rung the changes upon it."
  • "There's one valedictory wink from the great magician, a final card containing a list of synonyms for "efface" - expunge, erase, delete, rub out, wipe out and ... obliterate."
  • "And that, night cannot efface from the painter’s imagination’ (quoted without attribution in Holden"