v. rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing
He handled the coin so many times to efface its date.
Sentence in Classic:
I had an obscure feeling that all was not over and that he would still commit some signal crime, which by its enormity should almost efface the recollection of the past.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
At certain moments, all these beings of the past, returned and present, formed a circle around him, and overshadowed him; then he thought of Cosette, and recovered his serenity; but nothing less than this felicity could have sufficed to efface that catastrophe.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context
They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin Context
The fresh beauty of the following morning did something to efface from our minds the grim and gray impression which had been left upon both of us by our first experience of Baskerville Hall.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle Context
Your catechism tells you that the sacrament of Holy Orders is one of those which can be received only once because it imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark which can never be effaced.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
She looked out at the rain until the melancholy of the wet street effaced all the trustfulness and enthusiasm from her twisted features.
He could only think of her as triumphant, successful in her menace of a wholly useless remorse never to be effaced.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy Context