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Present participle for to remove completely, leaving no trace
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“In order to prevail, the nobility had to efface any memory of us from the world.”
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Present participle for to erase or render written information illegible
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“Most of our historical documents are composed of flimsy and combustible materials, on which it is easy to efface the written or printed record.”
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Present participle for to make oneself appear insignificant or inconspicuous
“Does Heidegger purely and simply efface himself before the pure presence of Holderlin's poem?”
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Present participle for to pat lightly and quickly to clean or wipe away
Noun
The action or fact of obliterating or being obliterated
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