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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: effacer, from face 'face, appearance'

efface

verb
     
ef‧face [transitive] formal
1 to destroy or remove something [= erase; ↪ deface]:
Nothing can efface the last picture I have of them from my mind.
2

efface yourself

to behave in a quiet way so that people do not notice or look at you

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