[ dih-feys ]
/ dɪˈfeɪs /

verb (used with object), de·faced, de·fac·ing.

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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM deface Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for defacement

British Dictionary definitions for defacement

/ (dɪˈfeɪs) /


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

Derived forms of deface

defaceable, adjectivedefacement, noundefacer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012