[syn: erase, rub out, score out, efface, wipe off]
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3 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Efface \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.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: remove completely from recognition or memory; "efface the
memory of the time in the camps" [syn: obliterate,
2: make inconspicuous; "efface oneself"
3: remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing; "Please erase the
formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!" [syn: erase, rub
out, score out, efface, wipe off]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
24 Moby Thesaurus words for "efface":
annul, black out, blot, blot out, cancel, cross out, dele, delete,
eliminate, eradicate, erase, exclude, expunge, extirpate,
obliterate, raze, rub out, rule out, scratch, scratch out, sponge,
sponge out, strike out, wipe out