Challenge SAT vocab: efface

Hand Blocking Girl's Face with a Blue Sky Backdrop
“I’m effacing my face.” Or, “Is this the back or the front of my hand?”

What does efface mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word efface

First, before you read about the word efface, try this quick vocab quiz:

efface most nearly means

(A) erase
(B) occupy
(C) assist
(D) retrieve
(E) rest

Write your answer down, or just store it in that razor-sharp mind of yours. (If you can’t wait, the answer is below.)

Now let’s learn about the word efface.

Part of Speech of efface

efface is a VERB.

Pronunciation of efface

Here’s how to pronounce efface:

IPA: /ɪ.ˈfeɪs/

Glossary-style: [ih-FAYS]

Definition of efface

efface means: erase or wipe away (Ex: efface memories). purposely avoid drawing attention to oneself (Ex: the proud parent effaced herself at her child’s birthday party).

Explain more about efface, please

To efface something is simply to erase it or wipe it away. You should notice that there’s a good mnemonic in there–efface and erase rhyme, so just say “efface means erase” in your head a few dozen times, and you should remember this word. We also use the word efface to refer to a way of being humble or not calling attention to oneself. For example, if you make fun of yourself a lot, people might call you “self-effacing”. Finally, note that the etymology of the word efface helps us understand this word better. “face” means, well, “face”–the top surface of something. So if you efface something, you remove the top layer of it (at least etymologically or metaphorically).

Example of efface

Here’s the word efface used in a sentence:

Truly humble people are naturally self-effacing; they don’t feel the need for the spotlight and may actually enjoy seeing others revel in the attention.

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