- 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 defacing
For the Flaggers, removing the rebel flag is tantamount to defacing the chapel, and so, they protest.Pro-Confederate Protesters in Richmond Rally in Support of the Flag
November 2, 2013
They are defacing Web pages; they are stealing credit cards.Who Is Behind Cyberattacks on Israel’s Airline and Banks?
January 18, 2012
The defacing finger of Time is visible on all perishable articles.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
Sound, I protest,—sound in wind and limb; not a defacing mark!Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
"You are defacing a fair memory," sighed the sculptor, with mock melancholy.The Emperor, Complete
The glory hath been talked of; but now it is possessed, and the glory of man is defacing.George Fox
He once arrested a man for defacing the formations at the Upper Basin.Hunting in Many Lands
- (tr) to spoil or mar the surface, legibility, or appearance of; disfigure
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Word Origin and History for defacing
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