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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ef·face v. t. [imp. & p. p. Effaced p. pr. & vb. n. Effacing ]
 1. To cause to disappear (as anything impresses or inscribed upon a surface) by rubbing out, striking out, etc.; to erase; to render illegible or indiscernible; as, to efface the letters on a monument, or the inscription on a coin.
 2. To destroy, as a mental impression; to wear away.
    Efface from his mind the theories and notions vulgarly received.   --Bacon.
 Syn: -- To blot out; expunge; erase; obliterate; cancel; destroy. -- Efface, Deface. To deface is to injure or impair a figure; to efface is to rub out or destroy, so as to render invisible.