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  • v. Present participle of efface.


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  • But the ever present voice in my head, urging me to be responsible, to think of others, to act humbly, be self-effacing, is very hard to resist.

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  • The problem with being self-effacing is that it's a rare person who will promote you when you efface yourself ... and if you happen to be the designated drivers, well you might just not get much notice at all.

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  • After all he may just have enough shame left to avoid being seen to celebrate the effacing from the history books of the United Kingdom.

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  • At the close of the last century, when the armies of the French Republic were occupying Switzerland, a regiment consisting mainly of Burgundians, under the notion of effacing an insult to their ancestors, tore down the

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 2

  • LeVine, who came on the scene in the middle of this decade, doesn’t hold himself up as a Master Taster, indeed he is self effacing, which is the whole point of CellarTracker.

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  • The account in 1 Chronicles x. adds that Saul's head was sent to the temple of Dagon, probably as a kind of effacing of the shame wrought there by the presence of the ark.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and First Book of Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, and Second Kings chapters I to VII

  • Today, a similarly colorful collection of practitioners has seized on the anxiety created by the bureaucracy of managed care and the generally effacing qualities of modern society in order to peddle a brand of medicine whose primary appeal lies in its focus on the patient as a whole person.

    The Panic Virus

  • A silver-haired, self-effacing man, Stevens worked effectively with swing votes Sandra Day O'Connor, who served until 2006, and Anthony Kennedy, the justice currently in the middle of an ideologically split court.

    Justice Stevens to retire from Supreme Court

  • The respected drummer comes across not as brooding and egocentric, but as frighteningly articulate, self-effacing, and cheerful.

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  • That he knows more than his guests is taken as given, but unlike intellectuals of TV past, such as Robert Robinson, he's a self-effacing host as happy to be ridiculed as he is to impart some unexpected nugget of wisdom about Thomas Edison.

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