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  • n. Plural form of effacement.


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  • The past falls open unexpectedly, and its wider accretions and effacements – the lost forest of Andredesleage, the iguanodon bones Gideon Mantell discovered in the Wealden sandstone, the Piltdown Man forgery a century later – loom over the landscape she walks through.

    To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface by Olivia Laing – review

  • See also Sonia Hofkosh's discussion of "the effacements of representation" in Mary

    _The Keepsake_

  • So it found me the first time at the banks of Thon-Thalas, at the last edge of river, after the ministries of inkwell and tutor, after the damaged heirloom of days, when the long thoughts burrow and the childhood dances on dark effacements of memory, losing the self in the dance.

    The Reign of Istar

  • They grew slowly upon the bluish background, with occasional delays and re-effacements, and she sat still, waiting till they should reach the gate at the end of the drive, where the keeper would turn off to his cottage and Owen continue on to the house.

    The Reef; a novel

  • As for the outside, Nature, in the ample time that had been given her, had so mingled her filings and effacements with the marks of human wear and tear upon the house, that it was often hard to say in which of the two or if in both, any particular obliteration had its origin.

    The Trumpet-Major

  • Charlotte's attitude had, in short, its moments of flowering into pretty excesses of civility, self-effacements in the presence of others, sudden little formalisms of suggestion and recognition, that might have represented her sense of the duty of not "losing sight" of a social distinction.

    The Golden Bowl — Volume 2

  • It is an ownership of two persons instead of one, and a divided ownership, even where two people work together harmoniously, is as most of us are aware, a very difficult relationship to maintain, and is apt to be followed sooner or later by the effacements of the rights of one or the other.

    The Story of Ireland

  • These are full of a strange, subdued, old, midsummer interest to me: and though, from the numerous effacements, it is much like cross-reading to make them out; yet, I must here copy a few at random: --

    Redburn. His First Voyage

  • Halvorson and the trumpeter Peter Evans round out the trio, spiking their output with textural effacements: multiphonic tongue slurs for Mr. Evans, scrabbling distortion for Ms. Halvorson.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Forgoing Armstrong's typical self-effacements, "Coming Clean" is the only track on



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