effacement effacement

Definition(s):

  1. (n) shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labor
  2. (n) withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous

Usage(s):

  1. But don't expect that to spook Sarkozy into a reaction of modesty and self-effacement just yet.
  2. To give so much clout to a man with presidential ambitions of his own would seem to be an act of singular self-effacement on the part of Ford.
  3. But he is also the anti-Clooney, donning a public persona, one that's humorless and incapable of self-effacement.

News

  • British Sports Can't Escape Class War

    The barring of a popular trumpet player from a cricket match epitomizes the shift from self-effacement into a newer, more raucous era.
    on July 15, 2013     Source: New York Times

Quotes

  1. "If he has enough self-effacement to poke fun at that notion of celebrity, I think you could have something very clever," Sessler said. "I just don't know if anybody is comfortable going in that direction with a brand name as wholesome as...
    on Dec 16, 2008 By: Adam Sessler Source: Baltimore Sun

  2. "In my career, it helps to have some kind of genius. I've got it but it happens to be in the person of my brother Roy who runs the company, the whole works, at home and abroad. He has a talent for self-effacement which isn't going to do him a bit of...
    on Sep 30, 2009 By: Walt Disney Source: MousePlanet

  3. "I don't want to mimic him. I want to be him," Gazzara says. "I had to find the inside to the man. His sweetness. His self-effacement. His generosity of spirit. It's interesting how many people tell me how much I look like him up on stage....
    on Oct 29, 2003 By: Ben Gazzara Source: CNN International

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