Definition of


  1. (verb, change) remove completely from recognition or memory
  2. (verb, contact) remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
  3. (verb, emotion) make inconspicuous

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Efface

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

Alternate forms of Efface

Derivations: effacement

Hyponyms: cut out, scratch out, sponge

Hypernyms: blur, cancel, delete, dim, humble, slur

Origin of the word Efface

  1. late 15c., from M.Fr. effacer, from O.Fr. esfacier, from es- "out" + face "appearance," from L. facies "face." Related: Effaced; effacing. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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