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Definition remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing


to make oneself inconspicuous or unimportant
  • She always effaces herself when she is with him.
effaces = make herself inconspicuous or unimportant
  • Glancing at her-myopic, spinsterish, effaced-I wondered how she knew she had graduated at all, and, unlike her clients, was whole and well.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • effaced = inconspicuous or unimportant
  • Your dear thoughts have now effaced That beauty that so won me at the outset.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • effaced = remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing


    to make oneself inconspicuous or unimportant
  • Footsteps were easily printed on the snow!  But soon, under a new sheet, every imprint would be effaced.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • effaced = erased (hidden from view)
  • The tone of her prose, tender and effacing, is colored by the devotion of one who has dedicated her life to another's art.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • effacing = inconspicuous
  • Nor could they efface the images that lingered in Pedro and Tita's minds, marking them forever.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • efface = remove completely from memory
  • Then I saw a shadow flit across her face, and she drew back against the wall, effacing herself, as a step sounded outside and Maxim came into the room.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • effacing = removing from sight
  • ...and efface his name and lineage from the earth.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • efface = remove completely from recognition or memory
  • ...and after a little meditation during which his wrinkles were pursed as into a point, quite effacing for the time that quizzing expression his face sometimes wore,
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • effacing = removing completely from recognition
  • What was any tyranny of prison compared with the tyranny of the past, of the thing that had happened and could not be recalled, of the memory that could never be effaced!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • effaced = erased
  • They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • efface = remove completely
  • The fresh beauty of the following morning did something to efface from our minds the grim and gray impression which had been left upon both of us by our first experience of Baskerville Hall.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • efface = remove (or erase)
  • Without any resort to tricks or to false emphasis, she set herself to efface the newcomer. ... Her personality became so electric that if she so much as laid her hand upon that of a fellow actor a sympathetic shudder ran through the audience.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • efface = erase from recognition or memory
  • The little woman hoped they would have a good house. She looked out at the rain until the melancholy of the wet street effaced all the trustfulness and enthusiasm from her twisted features. Then she gave a little sigh and said:
    "Ah, well! We did our best, the dear knows."
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • effaced = remove completely
  • I will efface that blot on my father's character.
    Alexander Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • No new impressions could efface those which are so deeply cut.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Lost World
  • "I did not mean anything, I was only joking," he said, smiling shyly and trying to efface his offense.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • She effaced the memory of the time in the camps.
  • But no brush was able to efface completely the expression of happiness
    Woolf, Virginia  --  The Voyage Out
  • You may think what you like, but I desire now to do all I can to efface that impression and to show that I am a man of heart and conscience.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Crime And Punishment

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