efface

[ih-feys]
verb (used with object), effaced, effacing.
1.
to wipe out; do away with; expunge: to efface one's unhappy memories.
2.
to rub out, erase, or obliterate (outlines, traces, inscriptions, etc.).
3.
to make (oneself) inconspicuous; withdraw (oneself) modestly or shyly.

Origin:
1480–90; < Middle French effacer. See ef-, face

effaceable, adjective
effacement, noun
effacer, noun
uneffaceable, adjective
uneffaced, adjective
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efface (ɪˈfeɪs)
 
vb
1.  to obliterate or make dim: to efface a memory
2.  to make (oneself) inconspicuous or humble through modesty, cowardice, or obsequiousness
3.  to rub out (a line, drawing, etc); erase
 
[C15: from French effacer, literally: to obliterate the face; see face]
 
ef'faceable
 
adj
 
ef'facement
 
n
 
ef'facer
 
n

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efface
late 15c., from M.Fr. effacer, from O.Fr. esfacier, from es- "out" + face "appearance," from L. facies "face." Related: Effaced; effacing
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Example sentences
The drive for self-effacement seems to guide his social interaction as well.
Cervical effacement is the thinning and stretching of the cervix.
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