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William Hupy
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self-effacing

Postby William Hupy » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:50 am

You rarely see "ruth" without "less". I have never seen "effacing" without "self-" in front of it. Is there an "other-effacing"?
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Re: self-effacing

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:05 pm

Well, yeah. Coins are effaced by wear, which is passive, so a criminal can efface the serial number on a gun though forensic labs can restore it. I would suspect one could efface the effects of sunburn by applying makeup. Then, one of the first signs of impending birth is the effacement of the birth canal.
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