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
  1. verb
    remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
    synonyms: erase, rub out, score out, wipe off
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    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
  2. verb
    remove completely from recognition or memory
    efface the memory of the time in the camps”
    synonyms: obliterate
    blot out, hide, obliterate, obscure, veil
    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
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    type of:
    blur, dim, slur
    become vague or indistinct
  3. verb
    make inconspicuous
    efface oneself”
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    type of:
    cause to be unpretentious
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