If something is erased or rubbed out, it has been effaced. Teachers get annoyed to find that someone has effaced the blackboard — even the part clearly marked, "Do Not Erase!"

You can also efface things that are not physical — like effacing feelings, impressions, or memories. When you efface a memory, you wipe it out as well. Some people believe that their good deeds are able to efface their past wrongs. They'll have to rely on others' opinions to see how well that works.

Definitions of efface

v remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

erase, rub out, score out, wipe off
erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
cut out, scratch out
strike or cancel by or as if by rubbing or crossing out
Type of:
cancel, delete
remove or make invisible

v remove completely from recognition or memory

efface the memory of the time in the camps”
blot out, hide, obliterate, obscure, veil
make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
Type of:
blur, dim, slur
become vague or indistinct

v make inconspicuous

efface oneself”
Type of:
cause to be unpretentious

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