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deface

[dih-feys] /dɪˈfeɪs/
verb (used with object), defaced, defacing.
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
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English defacen < Old French desfacier, equivalent to des- dis-1 + facier (face face + -ier infinitive suffix)
Related forms
defaceable, adjective
defacement, noun
defacer, noun
undefaceable, adjective
undefaced, adjective
Synonyms
1. spoil. See mar.
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British Dictionary definitions for de face

deface

/dɪˈfeɪs/
verb
1.
(transitive) to spoil or mar the surface, legibility, or appearance of; disfigure
Derived Forms
defaceable, adjective
defacement, noun
defacer, noun
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Word Origin and History for de face

deface

v.

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.

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