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)
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