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1  —as in:
efface the memory
Definition remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing
  • It is a shameful act I have never been able to efface or forget.
efface = remove completely
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It is a crime to efface the serial number from a gun.
  • efface = erase or remove
  • She effaced the memory of the time in the camps.
  • effaced = removed completely
  • No combination of sweet words could efface the injustice she was doing.
  • efface = remove completely
  • She desperately wants to win—thinking it will efface her earlier humiliation.
  • efface = remove
  • 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)
  • ...and efface his name and lineage from the earth.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • efface = remove completely from recognition or memory
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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 = removed completely

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2  —as in:
efface herself
Definition to make oneself inconspicuous or unimportant
  • She always effaces herself when she is with him.
effaces = makes herself inconspicuous or unimportant
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Looking like she was deep in her reading, she did her best to efface herself, but listened to every word they said.
  • efface = make herself inconspicuous
  • She backed to the corner trying to efface herself.
  • efface = make herself inconspicuous
  • It was not in her nature to efface herself.
  • efface = make herself inconspicuous or unimportant
  • She believes people should efface themselves before God.
  • efface = make themselves unimportant
  • 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 = make themselves inconspicuous or unimportant
  • 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 = making 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
  • 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 = making herself inconspicuous
  • This will perhaps explain my promise to go to the wedding; I hoped to efface myself in these poor people's merry-making.
    de Balzac, Honore  --  Facino Cane

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Less commonly:
More rare, specialized senses include:
  • ballet — a way of standing at an angle that hides part of the body from view
  • medicine — describing the cervix as getting shorter, softer, and thinner during labor
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