[ US /ɪˈfeɪs/ ]
[ UK /ɪfˈe‍ɪs/ ]
  1. make inconspicuous
    efface oneself
  2. remove completely from recognition or memory
    efface the memory of the time in the camps
  3. remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
    Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!
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How To Use efface In A Sentence

  • The lapse of year will never efface that scene of ruins from my memory.
  • It seemed to me to symbolise how the Northern conflict had effaced so much personal history.
  • The concern with keeping everything ‘smooth and quiet’ in the novel, no matter what the social cost, presents white Southern life as determined to efface the rights of all African Americans.
  • This ending is as bleak as any in the history of tragic drama - death, rape, slavery, fire destroying the towers, the city's very name effaced from the record of history by the acts of rapacious and murderous Greeks.
  • This assumption, then, must be made, and also the following: that it is easier to discern each object of sense when in its simple form than when an ingredient in a mixture; easier, for example, to discern wine when neat than when blended, and so also honey, and [in other provinces] a colour, or to discern the nete by itself alone, than [when sounded with the hypate] in the octave; the reason being that component elements tend to efface [the distinctive characteristics of] one another. On Sense and the Sensible
  • The unification of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic was driven by the impulse to efface the memory of East Germany and the political, cultural and economic experience of East Germans.
  • So the contributions of foreign missionary to the Chinese opening of newspapers are ineffaceable from which the Chinese modem periodicals are originated and developed.
  • As the legal escamotage of terra nullius denied the existence of Indigenous land tenure, opening up land and resources to European settlers, so cultura nullius is being used to justify government and market policy efforts to overlay our own, often foreign values and visions, on those that are rhetorically effaced and trade-off one cultural body of knowledge, skills, practices and values for another. Culture Matters
  • The cervix of a multigravida typically effaces and dilates at the same time. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn
  • The last of the author's five premises is belief in the intrinsic importance, the ineffaceable worth of life on this earth.
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