- To efface is defined as to make yourself inconspicuous or hidden from attention, or to erase something or consciously forget something.
- When you block a memory out of your mind, effectively erasing it, this is an example of efface.
- Where you try hard to blend in and not be noticed, this is an example of efface.
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transitive verb ef·faced, ef·fac·ing, ef·fac·es
- To rub or wipe out; erase.
- 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.
- To conduct (oneself) inconspicuously: “When the two women went out together, Anna deliberately effaced herself and played to the dramatic Molly” (Doris Lessing).
Origin: Middle English effacen, from French effacer, from Old French esfacier : es-, out (from Latin ex-, ex-) + face, face; see face.
- ef·faceˈa·ble adjective
- ef·faceˈment noun
- ef·facˈer noun