verb (used with object), de·faced, de·fac·ing.
Origin of deface
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|Jamelle Bouie|November 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They are defacing Web pages; they are stealing credit cards.Who Is Behind Cyberattacks on Israel’s Airline and Banks?|Eli Lake|January 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Feb. 7—French prisoner condemned to two years' imprisonment for defacing portrait of the Kaiser.
What a pity to suppose that He is continually making, defacing, and renewing our sentiments!A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Take off the top nicely, and without breaking or defacing, and hollow out the inside, leaving the sides and bottom standing.Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book|Eliza Leslie
There were penalties for breaking or defacing the milestones, culverts, parapet walls, and bridges.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 10)|Archer Butler Hulbert
Do not hang a recently oiled book-shelf or cabinet against the wall-paper of the room, for fear of defacing it.Woodworking for Beginners|Charles Gardner Wheeler
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.