[ dih-feys ]
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verb (used with object),de·faced, de·fac·ing.
  1. to mar the surface or appearance of; disfigure: to deface a wall by writing on it.

  2. to efface, obliterate, or injure the surface of, as to make illegible or invalid: to deface a bond.

Origin of deface

1275–1325; Middle English defacen, from Old French desfacier, equivalent to des-dis-1 + facier (faceface + -ier infinitive suffix)

synonym study For deface

1. See mar.

Other words for deface

Other words from deface

  • de·face·a·ble, adjective
  • de·face·ment, noun
  • de·fac·er, noun
  • un·de·face·a·ble, adjective
  • un·de·faced, adjective

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How to use deface in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for deface


/ (dɪˈfeɪs) /

  1. (tr) to spoil or mar the surface, legibility, or appearance of; disfigure

Derived forms of deface

  • defaceable, adjective
  • defacement, noun
  • defacer, noun

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