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efface as in:  efface the memory

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  • 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
  • Because it was not a discrete event; it was the form of an Not content with the toll exacted by means of incarceration and forced labor in inhospitable climes, the supreme authorities sought to efface the Enemies of the People.   (source)
    efface = remove completely from recognition or memory
  • Nor could they efface the images that lingered in Pedro and Tita's minds, marking them forever.   (source)
    efface = remove completely
  • ...and efface his name and lineage from the earth.   (source)
    efface = remove completely from recognition or memory
  • All Lucy's loveliness had come back to her in death, and the hours that had passed, instead of leaving traces of 'decay's effacing fingers', had but restored the beauty of life, till positively I could not believe my eyes that I was looking at a corpse.   (source)
    effacing = erasing
  • ...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,   (source)
    effacing = removing
  • 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.   (source)
    efface = erase from notice and 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.   (source)
    efface = remove (or erase)
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  • 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!   (source)
    effaced = erased
  • The intellectual part of his nature was already effaced; he had power only to feel, and feeling was torment.   (source)
    effaced = removed completely from recognition or memory
  • Your dear thoughts have now effaced
    That beauty that so won me at the outset.   (source)
    effaced = erased or removed from notice
  • But my answer to that is, that, if he was planning such a murder in accordance with his letter, he certainly would not have quarreled even with a shopman, and probably would not have gone into the tavern at all, because a person plotting such a crime seeks quiet and retirement, seeks to efface himself, to avoid being seen and heard, and that not from calculation, but from instinct.   (source)
    efface = make himself inconspicuous or unimportant
  • Footsteps were easily printed on the snow!  But soon, under a new sheet, every imprint would be effaced.   (source)
    effaced = erased (hidden from view)
  • She is like a copper kettle that receives a dent; you may polish up the kettle, but you can't efface the mark.   (source)
    efface = remove completely from recognition or memory
  • But joy soon effaced every other feeling;   (source)
    effaced = erased (removed from notice)
  • I had an obscure feeling that all was not over and that he would still commit some signal crime, which by its enormity should almost efface the recollection of the past.   (source)
    efface = remove completely 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."   (source)
    effaced = removed completely
  • "And one which will go far to efface the recollection of his father's conduct," added the incorrigible marquise.   (source)
    efface = remove completely from recognition or memory
  • At all events, I hoped that a new impression would efface the first, and the first had become insupportable.   (source)
  • A rude noise broke on these fine ripplings and whisperings, at once so far away and so clear: a positive tramp, tramp, a metallic clatter, which effaced the soft wave-wanderings; as, in a picture, the solid mass of a crag, or the rough boles of a great oak, drawn in dark and strong on the foreground, efface the aerial distance of azure hill, sunny horizon, and blended clouds where tint melts into tint.   (source)
    efface = remove completely from notice
  • All the hideous phantoms, Pierrat Torterue, Jacques Charmolue, were effaced from her mind, all, even the priest.   (source)
    effaced = removed completely from recognition or memory
  • "My dear count," said Albert, advancing to meet him, "permit me to repeat the poor thanks I offered last night, and to assure you that the remembrance of all I owe to you will never be effaced from my memory; believe me, as long as I live, I shall never cease to dwell with grateful recollection on the prompt and important service you rendered me; and also to remember that to you I am indebted even for my life."   (source)
  • Miss Oliver is ever surrounded by suitors and flatterers: in less than a month, my image will be effaced from her heart.   (source)
    effaced = removed completely
  • The man who wrote that word upon the wall disappeared from the midst of the generations of man many centuries ago; the word, in its turn, has been effaced from the wall of the church; the church will, perhaps, itself soon disappear from the face of the earth.   (source)
    effaced = removed completely from recognition or memory
  • ...stools still more antiquated, on whose cushioned tops were yet apparent traces of half-effaced embroideries, wrought by fingers that for two generations had been coffin-dust.   (source)
    effaced = worn away
  • Miss Gryce snored at last; she was a heavy Welshwoman, and till now her habitual nasal strains had never been regarded by me in any other light than as a nuisance; to-night I hailed the first deep notes with satisfaction; I was debarrassed of interruption; my half-effaced thought instantly revived.   (source)
    effaced = forgotten
  • When Mrs. Fairfax had bidden me a kind good-night, and I had fastened my door, gazed leisurely round, and in some measure effaced the eerie impression made by that wide hall, that dark and spacious staircase, and that long, cold gallery, by the livelier aspect of my little room, I remembered that, after a day of bodily fatigue and mental anxiety, I was now at last in safe haven.   (source)
    effaced = removed
  • A rude noise broke on these fine ripplings and whisperings, at once so far away and so clear: a positive tramp, tramp, a metallic clatter, which effaced the soft wave-wanderings; as, in a picture, the solid mass of a crag, or the rough boles of a great oak, drawn in dark and strong on the foreground, efface the aerial distance of azure hill, sunny horizon, and blended clouds where tint melts into tint.   (source)
    effaced = removed completely from recognition
  • …the convivial atmosphere of Socratic discussion, while to right and left of him were accommodated the flippant prognosticator, fresh from the hippodrome, and that vigilant wanderer, soiled by the dust of travel and combat and stained by the mire of an indelible dishonour, but from whose steadfast and constant heart no lure or peril or threat or degradation could ever efface the image of that voluptuous loveliness which the inspired pencil of Lafayette has limned for ages yet to come.   (source)
    efface = remove completely from recognition or memory
  • And what is still ineffaceable about my first glimpse of her is not simply the lovely simulacrum she seemed to me of the dead girl but the despair on her face worn as Maria surely must have worn it, along with the premonitory, grieving shadows of someone hurtling headlong toward death.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "in-" in ineffaceable means not and reverses the meaning of effaceable. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.
  • It fell over Elisha like a golden robe, and struck John's forehead, where Elisha had kissed him, like a seal ineffaceable forever.†   (source)
  • Sophie ignored what he was saying, but as he spoke she glimpsed one of those insignificant but ineffaceable details—another spectral trace of the doctor—that would always spring out in vivid trompe l'oeil from the confused surface of the day: a sprinkling of boiled-rice grains on the lapel of the SS tunic.†   (source)
  • These hollows are uneffaceable; these formations are indestructible.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in uneffaceable means not and reverses the meaning of effaceable. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • The ineffaceable, sad birth-mark in the brow of man, is but the stamp of sorrow in the signers.†   (source)
  • And if in just fury you accuse their vagabonds of violating women, they also in fury quite as just may reply: The rape which your gentlemen have done against helpless black women in defiance of your own laws is written on the foreheads of two millions of mulattoes, and written in ineffaceable blood.†   (source)
  • The words of hatred and contempt—the first he had ever heard in his life—seemed like scorching missiles that were making ineffaceable scars on him.†   (source)
  • 'To interminable, ineffaceable infamy!'†   (source)
  • assertions, but reject not the
    disputers nor any thing that is asserted,
    We hear the bawling and din, we are reach'd at by divisions,
    jealousies, recriminations on every side,
    They close peremptorily upon us to surround us, my comrade,
    Yet we walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and
    down till we make our ineffaceable mark upon time and the diverse eras,
    Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races,
    ages to come, may prove brethren and lovers as we are.†   (source)
  • It was Mrs. Steerforth, who gave me her hand more coldly than of yore, and with an augmentation of her former stateliness of manner, but still, I perceived — and I was touched by it — with an ineffaceable remembrance of my old love for her son.†   (source)
  • New zig-zags sprung into the cruel pattern sometimes, when she saw it through a burst of tears; but beautified or hardened still, always over it and under it and through it, she was fain to look in her solitude, seeing everything with that ineffaceable brand.†   (source)
  • When she saw, on the back and shoulders of the child, great welts and calloused spots, ineffaceable marks of the system under which she had grown up thus far, her heart became pitiful within her.†   (source)
  • Milady, with a rapid gesture, opened her robe, tore the cambric that covered her bosom, and red with feigned anger and simulated shame, showed the young man the ineffaceable impression which dishonored that beautiful shoulder.†   (source)
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efface as in:  efface herself

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  • She backed to the corner trying to efface herself.
  • 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
  • Glancing at her-myopic, spinsterish, effaced-I wondered how she knew she had graduated at all, and, unlike her clients, was whole and well.   (source)
    effaced = 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.   (source)
    effacing = making herself 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.   (source)
    effacing = making herself inconspicuous
  • 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.   (source)
    efface = make themselves inconspicuous or unimportant
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  • He was effacing himself, or was it concealment?†   (source)
  • Without regrets she honored the obligation she felt to him and was happy to efface herself.†   (source)
  • I don't care that he hurt Caleb—I would have done it, too—but that he is simultaneously a man who knows how to hurt people and a man who parades around as the self— effacing leader of Abnegation, suddenly makes me so angry I can't see straight.†   (source)
  • She is told that she is still in early labor, three centimeters dilated, beginning to efface.†   (source)
  • Dust billowed around her hand as she patted the ground, effacing the glyphs from the surface of the earth.†   (source)
  • I saw him ...at the head of a small band, or rather in its rear, for he was always near the enemy, and his countenance and manner made an impression on me which I can never efface.†   (source)
  • Brothers and sisters, newly men and women, had to efface their sexual color and present plain miens.†   (source)
  • They seemed very small, and they tried to efface themselves in outside neglect, and the wild overgrown front yards tried to hide them from the street.†   (source)
  • I wished to be, not effaced, but invisible—actually a powerful position.†   (source)
  • Instead, I found myself at Gracie Square on the promenade by the river, gazing as if in a trance at the municipal hideousness of the river islands, unable to efface the mangled image of Bobby Weed from my mind even as I kept murmuring—endlessly it seemed—lines from Revelation I had memorized as a boy: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.†   (source)
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  • As the Massachusetts Legislature enacted further resolutions wholly contrary to the spirit of the Seventh of March speech, one member called Webster "a recreant son of Massachusetts who misrepresents her in the Senate"; and another stated that "Daniel Webster will be a fortunate man if God, in his sparing mercy, shall preserve his life long enough for him to repent of this act and efface this stain on his name."†   (source)
  • EFFACE.†   (source)
  • Charlie, Dick, and the young man, Tony Marston, stood in the middle of a field; Charlie hot and angry and impatient (for he could not bear to be thwarted at the best of times), Dick stubborn and miserable, Marston sensitive to the situation and trying to efface himself "Damn it, Charlie, why kick me off like this?†   (source)
  • His suit was brown, too, and he wore it neatly and carefully, as though he were murmuring, "Don't look-no need to look-I am effaced.†   (source)
  • No intermixture of ranks will ever efface these differences.†   (source)
  • Even to efface herself from the country means were required.†   (source)
  • She would have to obey, whatever he told her to do, even perhaps have to efface herself, and wait, in indescribable agony, whilst he, perhaps, went to his death.†   (source)
  • Even when she had to make some one a present of the kind called 'useful,' when she had to give an armchair or some table-silver or a walking-stick, she would choose 'antiques,' as though their long desuetude had effaced from them any semblance of utility and fitted them rather to instruct us in the lives of the men of other days than to serve the common requirements of our own.†   (source)
  • His one terror was to do anything which might efface the sound and impression of her words; his one thought, that he should never again feel quite alone.†   (source)
  • In THEIR day, the elder ladies agreed, the wife of a man who had done anything disgraceful in business had only one idea: to efface herself, to disappear with him.†   (source)
  • Child as she was, she felt the poignancy of her friend's grief, and with the infinite tact of her girlish tenderness, she did not try to pry into it, but was ready to efface herself.†   (source)
  • Feeling that the neighbors were interested in her movements, she wished to efface the memory of yesterday's failure by a grand success today, so she ordered the 'cherry bounce', and drove away in state to meet and escort her guests to the banquet.†   (source)
  • , nor the Napoleon, nor the return of the Bourbons, nor anything else had been able to efface the memory of this crowning.†   (source)
  • "I always would have a good horse, you know," said the old gentleman, not liking that spirited time to be quite effaced from the memory of his juniors.†   (source)
  • All the past was effaced from the eyes of this woman; and her looks, fixed on the future, beheld nothing but the high fortunes reserved for her by the cardinal, whom she had so successfully served without his name being in any way mixed up with the sanguinary affair.†   (source)
  • In this country there were no roads and paths, and the poor vegetation, however slow, would soon efface the rare travellers' footsteps.†   (source)
  • Thus it is, in the United States, that the prejudice which repels the negroes seems to increase in proportion as they are emancipated, and inequality is sanctioned by the manners whilst it is effaced from the laws of the country.†   (source)
  • "Oh, Bob, it's you!" said Maggie, starting up with a smile of pleased recognition, for there had been no abundance of kind acts to efface the recollection of Bob's generosity; "I'm so glad to see you."†   (source)
  • He continued:— "Chenildieu, you who conferred on yourself the name of 'Jenie-Dieu,' your whole right shoulder bears a deep burn, because you one day laid your shoulder against the chafing-dish full of coals, in order to efface the three letters T. F. P., which are still visible, nevertheless; answer, is this true?†   (source)
  • The principal characteristics of aristocracy are handed down by history after an aristocracy is destroyed, but the light and exquisite touches of manners are effaced from men's memories almost immediately after its fall.†   (source)
  • Twenty years ago, there was still to be seen in the southwest corner of the Place de la Bastille, near the basin of the canal, excavated in the ancient ditch of the fortress-prison, a singular monument, which has already been effaced from the memories of Parisians, and which deserved to leave some trace, for it was the idea of a "member of the Institute, the General-in-chief of the army of Egypt."†   (source)
  • But perhaps that was because of the smile, which effaced all else.†   (source)
  • He has the length and leanness and luminous pallor efface that El Greco gave to his saints.†   (source)
  • She only effaced herself a trifle more than usual, and when I looked round she was no longer there.†   (source)
  • But stories told him as a boy had fixed themselves in his mind, never to be effaced.†   (source)
  • He sat, as the men always did in Morel's kitchen, effacing himself rather.†   (source)
  • Nor even down to so late a time as Cuvier's, were these or almost similar impressions effaced.†   (source)
  • In its friction against wealth something had come over it that could not be effaced.†   (source)
  • Thus the historical significance of its architecture is being effaced every day.†   (source)
  • It slowly effaced itself and left a look of seriousness modified by the desire not to be rude.†   (source)
  • "I will efface myself!" he said, in a rush of almost hysterical ecstasy.†   (source)
  • I will efface that blot on my father's character.†   (source)
  • But in looking at it very closely he thought he could distinguish some half-effaced letters.†   (source)
  • This memory, effaced by his own adventures of the evening, now recurred to him.†   (source)
  • It even effaced it so completely from her mind, that she continued to question her goat.†   (source)
  • He sought not to efface sorrow by forgetfulness, but to magnify and dignify it by hope.†   (source)
  • The limits of races and species seemed effaced in this city, as in a pandemonium.†   (source)
  • Marius' enchantment, great as it was, could not efface from his mind other pre-occupations.†   (source)
  • The market-gardens, the timber-yards, and the old buildings have been effaced.†   (source)
  • The circling dances of the 8th of July effaced the enthusiasms of the 20th of March.†   (source)
  • It was more than effacement, it was an eclipse.†   (source)
  • The I excepted, the I effaced, the I forgotten, what would be the result of all this?†   (source)
  • There was a hint of winter, though the springtime was not wholly effaced.†   (source)
  • The young man arrived, the old man was effaced; such is life.†   (source)
  • This encounter occupied his mind for three days and then was effaced.†   (source)
  • The prince remarked that Evgenie Pavlovitch's plain clothes had evidently made a great impression upon the company present, so much so that all other interests seemed to be effaced before this surprising fact.†   (source)
  • Secular and religious education had effaced the throat-grappling instinct, or else firm finance held in check the passions.†   (source)
  • The Casino orchestra was, as Edward remembered to tell me, playing the Rakocsy march, and although it was not loud enough, at that distance, to drown the voice of Edward Ashburnham it was certainly sufficiently audible to efface, amongst the noises of the night, the slight brushings and rustlings that might have been made by the feet of Florence or by her gown in coming over the short grass.†   (source)
  • It would have taken days of sequestration from the winds and the sun to have brought about the effacement of that.†   (source)
  • Black shapes crouched, lay, sat between the trees, leaning against the trunks, clinging to the earth, half coming out, half effaced within the dim light, in all the attitudes of pain, abandonment, and despair.†   (source)
  • As he descended the steps the impression which effaced his troubled self-communion was that of a mirthless mask reflecting a sunken day from the threshold of the college.†   (source)
  • We must accept some of the race prejudice in the South as a fact,—deplorable in its intensity, unfortunate in results, and dangerous for the future, but nevertheless a hard fact which only time can efface.†   (source)
  • Duane doubted not that he, like many a young man, had drifted out to the frontier, where rough and wild life had wrought sternly but had not quite effaced the mark of good family.†   (source)
  • She no longer meant to destroy them: that intention had been effaced by the quick corrosion of Mrs. Peniston's words.†   (source)
  • I don't know why, listening to him, I should have noted so distinctly the gradual darkening of the river, of the air; the irresistible slow work of the night settling silently on all the visible forms, effacing the outlines, burying the shapes deeper and deeper, like a steady fall of impalpable black dust.†   (source)
  • Openly, however, he preserved a masklike solemnity, seemingly effacing all facial evidence of thought, and took the change and went out.†   (source)
  • In summer, when he joined them for a Sunday at Newport or Southampton, he was even more effaced and silent than in winter.†   (source)
  • But so great and glorious a figure was the President of the French Republic in the eyes of Dr. Cottard that neither the modesty of Swann nor the spite of Mme. Verdurin could ever wholly efface that first impression, and he never sat down to dinner with the Verdurins without asking anxiously, "D'you think we shall see M. Swann here this evening?†   (source)
  • Your catechism tells you that the sacrament of Holy Orders is one of those which can be received only once because it imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark which can never be effaced.†   (source)
  • And until other and more interesting things had partially effaced it, he could not help thinking back upon it with considerable interest and pleasure, even.†   (source)
  • Secular and religious education had effaced the throat-grappling instinct, or else firm finance held in check the passions.†   (source)
  • Chapter 8 The first thousand dollar cheque which Lily received with a blotted scrawl from Gus Trenor strengthened her self-confidence in the exact degree to which it effaced her debts.†   (source)
  • in place of those dreams of tempests, by which I had been entirely possessed, not wishing to see anything but waves dashing in from all sides, mounting always higher, upon the wildest of coasts, beside churches as rugged and precipitous as cliffs, in whose towers the sea-birds would be wailing; suddenly, effacing them, taking away all their charm, excluding them because they were its opposite and could only have weakened its effect, was substituted in me the converse dream of the most variegated of springs, not the spring of Combray, still pricking with all the needle-points of the winter's frost, but that which already covered with lilies and anemones th†   (source)
  • Moreover she had not seen Trenor since the day of the Van Osburgh wedding, and in his continued absence the trace of Rosedale's words was soon effaced by other impressions.†   (source)
  • She had effaced herself when he first knew her; she had made herself small, pretending there was less of her than there really was.†   (source)
  • * I did not mean anything, I was only joking," he said, smiling shyly and trying to efface his offense.†   (source)
  • He could only think of her as triumphant, successful in her menace of a wholly useless remorse never to be effaced.†   (source)
  • Then the ventilator in the window-pane spasmodically started off for a new spin, and the pathos of Donald's song was temporarily effaced.†   (source)
  • She had carried away an image from her visit to his hill-top which her subsequent knowledge of him did nothing to efface and which put on for her a particular harmony with other supposed and divined things, histories within histories: the image of a quiet, clever, sensitive, distinguished man, strolling on a moss-grown terrace above the sweet Val d'Arno and holding by the hand a little girl whose bell-like clearness gave a new grace to childhood.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • When you first took me into your confidence, and dispatched me on those missions to Miss Bray, I should have told you that I had seen her long before; that her beauty had made an impression upon me which I could not efface; and that I had fruitlessly endeavoured to trace her, and become acquainted with her history.†   (source)
  • I began one, 'How can I ever hope, my dear Agnes, to efface from your remembrance the disgusting impression' — there I didn't like it, and then I tore it up.†   (source)
  • It is rarely that the pleasures of the imagination will compensate for the pain of sleeplessness, but they possibly did with Oak to-night, for the delight of merely seeing her effaced for the time his perception of the great difference between seeing and possessing.†   (source)
  • Catherine was with her aunt when the young man's name was brought in, and Mrs. Penniman, effacing herself and protesting, made a great point of her niece's going into the drawing-room alone.†   (source)
  • Here he passed many minutes in replacing the trodden grass, and in effacing, as far as possible, every evidence of their passage.†   (source)
  • Youth, like the extremity of age, had effaced the strongly-marked characteristics of middle life, and mutually assimilated them all.†   (source)
  • The FLEUR-DE-LIS is small, rosy in color, and looks as if efforts had been made to efface it by the application of poultices?†   (source)
  • By daylight, the bower of Oak's new-found mistress, Bathsheba Everdene, presented itself as a hoary building, of the early stage of Classic Renaissance as regards its architecture, and of a proportion which told at a glance that, as is so frequently the case, it had once been the memorial hall upon a small estate around it, now altogether effaced as a distinct property, and merged in the vast tract of a non-resident landlord, which comprised several such modest demesnes.†   (source)
  • Almost every night they were brought out; almost every night some pencil marks were effaced, and others were substituted.†   (source)
  • With it was effaced the last trace of the preceding night; and then supper, Sinbad, hashish, statues,—all became a dream for Franz.†   (source)
  • Sneering at himself for his weakness he yet every hour—nay, every few minutes—conjectured her actions for the time being—her sitting down and rising up, her goings and comings, till thought of Newson's and Farfrae's counter-influence would pass like a cold blast over a pool, and efface her image.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless these divisions subsisted for ages; they still subsist in many places; and on all sides they have left imaginary vestiges, which time alone can efface.†   (source)
  • Then, from looking at this image and recalling the memory of its original, Emma's features little by little grew confused in his remembrance, as if the living and the painted face, rubbing one against the other, had effaced each other.†   (source)
  • His scant ill-made coat, desperately brushed, his darned gloves, his highly polished boots, his rusty, shapely hat, told the story of a person who had "had losses" and who clung to the spirit of nice habits even though the letter had been hopelessly effaced.†   (source)
  • He now felt ashamed of his speech with its constitutional tendency and sought an opportunity of effacing it.†   (source)
  • She played her part with the tact that might have been expected of her, effacing herself and accepting the position of a companion whose expenses were profusely paid.†   (source)
  • But he presently went into his father's room, and the sight there touched him in a way that effaced the slighter impressions of the previous hour.†   (source)
  • Karamazov, who had been frantically jealous of every one, collapsed, so to speak, and effaced himself at once before this first lover.†   (source)
  • Besides all the other phenomena which the exterior of the Sperm Whale presents, he not seldom displays the back, and more especially his flanks, effaced in great part of the regular linear appearance, by reason of numerous rude scratches, altogether of an irregular, random aspect.†   (source)
  • But it is not the less true that that letter—" And Planchet retired, shaking his head with an air of doubt, which the liberality of d'Artagnan had not entirely effaced.†   (source)
  • Situation Of The Black Population In The United States, And Dangers With Which Its Presence Threatens The Whites Why it is more difficult to abolish slavery, and to efface all vestiges of it amongst the moderns than it was amongst the ancients—In the United States the prejudices of the Whites against the Blacks seem to increase in proportion as slavery is abolished—Situation of the Negroes in the Northern and Southern States—Why the Americans abolish slavery—Servitude, which debases the slave, impoverishes th†   (source)
  • This done, instead of leaving the door fastened, he drew back the bolts and even placed the door ajar, as though he had left the room, forgetting to close it, and slipping into the chimney like a man accustomed to that kind of gymnastic exercise, having effaced the marks of his feet upon the floor, he commenced climbing the only opening which afforded him the means of escape.†   (source)
  • Where, how, and when had this young countess, educated by an emigree French governess, imbibed from the Russian air she breathed that spirit and obtained that manner which the pas de chale * would, one would have supposed, long ago have effaced?†   (source)
  • Amongst democratic nations new families are constantly springing up, others are constantly falling away, and all that remain change their condition; the woof of time is every instant broken, and the track of generations effaced.†   (source)
  • This new experience was very agreeable to her, so agreeable that it almost effaced her previous emotion about Philip.†   (source)
  • How strange does it appear that nations have existed, and afterwards so completely disappeared from the earth that the remembrance of their very names is effaced; their languages are lost; their glory is vanished like a sound without an echo; though perhaps there is not one which has not left behind it some tomb in memory of its passage!†   (source)
  • appearance; then, quitting the grotto, he replaced the stone, heaping on it broken masses of rocks and rough fragments of crumbling granite, filling the interstices with earth, into which he deftly inserted rapidly growing plants, such as the wild myrtle and flowering thorn, then carefully watering these new plantations, he scrupulously effaced every trace of footsteps, leaving the approach to the cavern as savage-looking and untrodden as he had found it.†   (source)
  • If the vestiges of former aristocratic distinctions were not so completely effaced in the United States, the Americans would be less simple and less tolerant in their own country—they would require less, and be less fond of borrowed manners in ours.†   (source)
  • "Upon my word," said Caderousse, from whose mind the friendly treatment of Dantes, united with the effect of the excellent wine he had partaken of, had effaced every feeling of envy or jealousy at Dantes' good fortune,—"upon my word, Dantes is a downright good fellow, and when I see him sitting there beside his pretty wife that is so soon to be.†   (source)
  • At length, however, the last vestiges of the struggle are effaced; the remains of aristocracy completely disappear; the great events by which its fall was attended are forgotten; peace succeeds to war, and the sway of order is restored in the new realm; desires are again adapted to the means by which they may be fulfilled; the wants, the opinions, and the feelings of men cohere once more; the level of the community is permanently determined, and democratic society established.†   (source)
  • He had done this with so much unrelenting animosity that the inscription, ~Eduensis episcopus~, had become almost effaced.†   (source)
  • Democracy, which destroys or obscures almost all the old conventional rules of society, and which prevents men from readily assenting to new ones, entirely effaces most of the feelings to which these conventional rules have given rise; but it only modifies some others, and frequently imparts to them a degree of energy and sweetness unknown before.†   (source)
  • Gothic Paris, beneath which Roman Paris was effaced, was effaced in its turn; but can any one say what Paris has replaced it?†   (source)
  • Little by little, the tide of houses, always thrust from the heart of the city outwards, overflows, devours, wears away, and effaces this wall.†   (source)
  • The man, the artist, the individual, is effaced in these great masses, which lack the name of their author; human intelligence is there summed up and totalized.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, when the sun of the Middle Ages is completely set, when the Gothic genius is forever extinct upon the horizon, architecture grows dim, loses its color, becomes more and more effaced.†   (source)
  • All was effaced, all was black.†   (source)
  • , the architectural form of the edifice effaces itself more and more, and allows the geometrical form, like the bony structure of an emaciated invalid, to become prominent.†   (source)
  • There were, moreover, Gothic letters, Hebrew letters, Greek letters, and Roman letters, pell-mell; the inscriptions overflowed at haphazard, on top of each other, the more recent effacing the more ancient, and all entangled with each other, like the branches in a thicket, like pikes in an affray.†   (source)
  • At certain moments, all these beings of the past, returned and present, formed a circle around him, and overshadowed him; then he thought of Cosette, and recovered his serenity; but nothing less than this felicity could have sufficed to efface that catastrophe.†   (source)
  • These souvenirs, half effaced and almost obliterated by excess of suffering, were revived by the sombre figure which stood before her, as the approach of fire causes letters traced upon white paper with invisible ink, to start out perfectly fresh.†   (source)
  • He had, nevertheless, received from his family some education and some politeness of manner; but he had been thrown on the world too young, he had been in garrison at too early an age, and every day the polish of a gentleman became more and more effaced by the rough friction of his gendarme's cross-belt.†   (source)
  • All that had constituted his life, even to his name, was effaced; he was no longer even Jean Valjean; he was number 24,601.†   (source)
  • He had confined himself to gradually estranging Jean Valjean from his house and to effacing him, as much as possible, from Cosette's mind.†   (source)
  • Remark, Monsieur le Baron, that I do not here speak of ancient deeds, deeds of the past which have lapsed, which can be effaced by limitation before the law and by repentance before God.†   (source)
  • It was forty-eight hours since he had seen Cosette; he was about to behold her once more; every other thought was effaced, and he felt only a profound and unheard-of joy.†   (source)
  • Only, many years ago, a hand wrote upon it in pencil these four lines, which have become gradually illegible beneath the rain and the dust, and which are, to-day, probably effaced: Il dort.†   (source)
  • Jean Valjean did violence to his habits, and took Cosette to see these rejoicings, for the purpose of diverting her from the memory of the day before, and of effacing, beneath the smiling tumult of all Paris, the abominable thing which had passed before her.†   (source)
  • —CORINTHE In this way it came about, that though he knew no French, Father Hucheloup understood Latin, that he had evoked philosophy from his kitchen, and that, desirous simply of effacing Lent, he had equalled Horace.†   (source)
  • The humiliation of having, in some slight degree, lost the scent, and of having indulged, for a few moments, in an error with regard to Champmathieu, was effaced by pride at having so well and accurately divined in the first place, and of having for so long cherished a just instinct.†   (source)
  • The whole barricade fired, the report was terrible; an avalanche of smoke covered and effaced both cannon and men; after a few seconds, the cloud dispersed, and the cannon and men re-appeared; the gun-crew had just finished rolling it slowly, correctly, without haste, into position facing the barricade.†   (source)
  • Thus,—and in the exaggeration of anguish, and the optical illusion of consternation, all that might have corrected and restrained this impression was effaced, and society, and the human race, and the universe were, henceforth, summed up in his eyes, in one simple and terrible feature,—thus the penal laws, the thing judged, the force due to legislation, the decrees of the sovereign courts, the magistracy, the government, prevention, repression, official cruelty, wisdom, legal infallibility, th†   (source)
  • [1] After the words "agreeable to" the words "some of" were interlined and afterward effaced   (source)
  • Matters were at this point, as Newman Noggs was heard to limp past the door on his way upstairs; when Mrs Kenwigs, gaining new hope from the sound of his footsteps, hastily removed from her countenance as many traces of her late emotion as were effaceable on so short a notice: and presenting herself before him, and representing their dilemma, entreated that he would escort Morleena to the hairdresser's shop.†   (source)
    standard suffix: The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.
  • Mr Bloom effaced the letters with his slow boot.†   (source)
  • It was effaced as easily as it had been evoked by an allocution from Mr Candidate Mulligan in that vein of pleasantry which none better than he knew how to affect, postulating as the supremest object of desire a nice clean old man.†   (source)
  • Nor our admission shall your realm disgrace, Nor length of time our gratitude efface.†   (source)
  • Before the sentiments impressed on their minds by the mode of their elevation can be effaced by the exercise of power, they will be compelled to anticipate the moment when their power is to cease, when their exercise of it is to be reviewed, and when they must descend to the level from which they were raised; there forever to remain unless a faithful discharge of their trust shall have established their title to a renewal of it.†   (source)
  • Even though my mistress were married to another, I would not marry you unless my heart had entirely effaced all impressions of her.†   (source)
  • See how Heaven, by ways strange and hidden from our sight, has brought me face to face with my true husband; and well you know by dear-bought experience that death alone will be able to efface him from my memory.†   (source)
  • Thus the melancholy occasioned by the report of Mr Nightingale was pretty well effaced; but the dejection into which Mrs Miller had thrown him still continued.†   (source)
  • keep promises which they made in captivity; for captives of distinction frequently had recourse to this plan, paying the ransom of one who was to go to Valencia or Majorca with money to enable him to arm a bark and return for the others who had ransomed him, but who never came back; for recovered liberty and the dread of losing it again efface from the memory all the obligations in the world.†   (source)
  • Don Diego; "all I can tell thee is that I have seen him act the acts of the greatest madman in the world, and heard him make observations so sensible that they efface and undo all he does; do thou talk to him and feel the pulse of his wits, and as thou art shrewd, form the most reasonable conclusion thou canst as to his wisdom or folly; though, to tell the truth, I am more inclined to take him to be mad than sane."†   (source)
  • his father, acquainted with the matter; but Don Fernando, being sharp-witted and shrewd, foresaw and apprehended this, perceiving that by my duty as a good servant I was bound not to keep concealed a thing so much opposed to the honour of my lord the duke; and so, to mislead and deceive me, he told me he could find no better way of effacing from his mind the beauty that so enslaved him than by absenting himself for some months, and that he wished the absence to be effected by our going, both of us, to my father's house under the pretence, which he would make to the duke, of going to see and buy some fine horses that there were in my city, which produces the best in the world.†   (source)
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