- 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 defacement
One of the islanders might chance to observe the defacement of the tomb.Tongues of Conscience
Robert Smythe Hichens
They are never disfigured with vile language or other defacement.Farm Boys and Girls
William Arch McKeever
It was its extreme hardness that saved it from destruction and defacement.Beauties and Antiquities of Ireland
T. O. Russell
Val knew it in a moment, in spite of its marks of defacement.Elster's Folly
Mrs. Henry Wood
The idea that the chiefs who erected these monuments were the authors of their defacement is too absurd for serious consideration.The Ancient Cities of the New World
- (tr) to spoil or mar the surface, legibility, or appearance of; disfigure
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Word Origin and History for defacement
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