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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Definitions for efface

  1. To cause to disappear by rubbing out, striking out, etc.; to erase; to render illegible or indiscernible.
  2. To destroy, as a mental impression; to wipe out; to eliminate completely.
  3. To make (oneself) inconspicuous.

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Citations for efface
Her fingerprints were gone, she thought. Effaced. Rosellen Brown, Half a Heart
Death, so omnipresent in the past that it was familiar, would be effaced, would disappear. Philippe Aries, Western Attitudes Toward Death from the Middle Ages to the Present
Origin of efface
1480-1490
Efface comes from French effacer, from Old French esfacier, from es-, "out" (from Latin ex-) + face, "face" (from Latin facies).