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v. ef·faced, ef·fac·ing, ef·fac·es
1. To rub or wipe out; erase: The serial number had been effaced from the stolen product.
2. To remove or make indistinct: "Five years' absence had done nothing to efface the people's memory of his firmness" (Alan Moorehead).
3. To conduct (oneself) inconspicuously: "When the two women went out together, Anna deliberately effaced herself and played to the dramatic Molly" (Doris Lessing).
4. Medicine To cause to become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor: The cervix was effaced as the contractions continued.
Medicine To become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor. Used of the cervix.

[Middle English effacen, from French effacer, from Old French esfacier : es-, out (from Latin ex-, ex-) + face, face; see face.]

ef·face′a·ble adj.
ef·face′ment n.
ef·fac′er n.


A position in ballet in which the dancer stands at an angle to the audience so that part of the body is hidden from view.

[French, from past participle of effacer, to efface; see efface.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.effacement - shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labor
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
childbed, confinement, lying-in, parturiency, travail, labour, labor - concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
2.effacement - withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous
withdrawal - the act of withdrawing; "the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"


n. borradura, deformación de las características de un órgano tal como la del cuello uterino durante el parto.
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For the present, Martin's only concern in his son consisted in seeing to it that his effacement was as nearly complete as possible.
It is certain that the old gentleman, who had lived in days gone by with that feminine nation now as much forgotten as many other great things,--like the Jesuits, the Buccaneers, the Abbes, and the Farmers-General,--had acquired an irresistible good- humor, a kindly ease, a laisser-aller devoid of egotism, the self- effacement of Jupiter with Alcmene, of the king intending to be duped, who casts his thunderbolts to the devil, wants his Olympus full of follies, little suppers, feminine profusions--but with Juno out of the way, be it understood.
All of which quite applied to Pandora Day-- the journey to Europe, the culture (as exemplified in the books she read on the ship), the relegation, the effacement, of the family.
From being a regressive cultural practice to becoming a legal transgression, the effacement of triple talaq was overdue and necessary.
Le ministre du travail et de la securite sociale Mourad Zemali a exclu tout effacement des dettes des micros entreprises crees dans le cadre de l'Ansej et de la Cnac.
whoever said effacement was all or nothing was wrong-- night effaces
Despite inimical forces intending their effacement, Palestinians are shown, through modalities of art and poetry, to persist in belonging to the land
The volume was released to Western sources, who reported that the most constantly recurring phrases in the text in relation to Israel are "nabudi" -- meaning annihilation; imha -- meaning disappearing or fading out; and "zaval" meaning effacement.
There is also effacement of suprasellar cistern suggestive of descending tentorial herniation.
The histopathological appearance showed complete effacement of architecture in 17 (68 %) of cases followed by sinusoidal distribution in 6(24 %) cases while partial effacement of architecture in 2 (8%) of cases.
This is "a logic of effacement by Daesh (ISIL) of one of the most exceptional heritages of humanity," the French statement pointed out.
Thus, though in this issue we feature three articles covering a lot of important ground in the field of Jewish American literary study--children's Holocaust literature, Philip Roth, and the circulation and effacement of Jewish identity in twentieth-century American poetry--we are also featuring a Forum section on the place of Judith Butler in the BDS debate.