- 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.
efface definition by Webster's New World
efface definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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