Definitions for: Efface


[v] remove completely from recognition or memory; "efface the memory of the time in the camps"
[v] remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing; "Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!"
[v] make inconspicuous; "efface onself"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ef*face", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Effaced; p. pr. & vb.
n. Effacing.] [F. effacer; pref. es- (L. ex) + face face;
prop., to destroy the face or form. See Face, and cf.
Deface.]
1. To cause to disappear (as anything impresses or inscribed
upon a surface) by rubbing out, striking out, etc.; to
erase; to render illegible or indiscernible; as, to efface
the letters on a monument, or the inscription on a coin.

2. To destroy, as a mental impression; to wear away.

Efface from his mind the theories and notions
vulgarly received. --Bacon.

Syn: To blot out; expunge; erase; obliterate; cancel;
destroy. -- Efface, Deface. To deface is to injure
or impair a figure; to efface is to rub out or destroy,
so as to render invisible.

Synonyms: erase, obliterate, rub out, score out, wipe off, wipe out

See Also: blur, cancel, cut out, delete, dim, humble, rub, scratch out, slur, sponge

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