verb (used with object), de·faced, de·fac·ing.
Origin of deface
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|Alex Klein|June 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was as if Romney had lit his résumé on fire, and had returned to Boston to deface his gubernatorial portrait.
Some of his more ardent hearers began to deface the statues and pictures.A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)|Thomas M. Lindsay
He loved the truth too much to allow the workings of human weakness in himself or others to deface its fair features.Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume II (of 2)|Wiliam Cabell Bruce
The light of the lamp fell full upon her features, whose gentle beauty pain was impotent to deface.
He held the See for twenty-one years, and he made it his business deliberately to deface all this statuary.Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely|Rev. Edward Conybeare.
And in Homer the beauty bears none of the barbaric strains that deface the rites of Athens in her glory.The World of Homer|Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for deface
Word Origin and History for deface
mid-14c., "to obliterate," from Old French desfacier "mutilate, destroy, disfigure," from des- "away from" (see dis-) + Vulgar Latin *facia (see face (n.)). Weaker sense of "to mar, make ugly" is late 14c. in English. Related: Defaced; defacing.