- to mar the surface or appearance of; disfigure: to deface a wall by writing on it.
- to efface, obliterate, or injure the surface of, as to make illegible or invalid: to deface a bond.
Origin of deface
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1. spoil. See mar.
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Examples from the Web for deface
After sneaking in under the cover of night, the vandals chose these symbols to deface.Ultra-Orthodox Jews Vandalize Jerusalem’s Holocaust Memorial
June 11, 2012
It was as if Romney had lit his résumé on fire, and had returned to Boston to deface his gubernatorial portrait.Don't Call Us Mavericks!
April 5, 2010
Don't you know it's against the regulations to deface any natural object in the park?Maw's Vacation
But if it's the truth, again, you have no right to deface the beauty.Reels and Spindles
Take it up carefully so not to splinter it and deface the flooring.Christopher and the Clockmakers
Sara Ware Bassett
It is probably a tattoo mark, the same as all sailors like to deface their bodies with.Young Tom Bowling
Now the sun gilds the slides that furrow, but do not deface them.The Heart of the White Mountains, Their Legend and Scenery
Samuel Adams Drake
- (tr) to spoil or mar the surface, legibility, or appearance of; disfigure
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Word Origin and History for deface
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