deface

[dih-feys]
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; Middle English defacen < Old French desfacier, equivalent to des- dis-1 + facier (face face + -ier infinitive suffix)

defaceable, adjective
defacement, noun
defacer, noun
undefaceable, adjective
undefaced, adjective


1. spoil. See mar.
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deface (dɪˈfeɪs)
 
vb
(tr) to spoil or mar the surface, legibility, or appearance of; disfigure
 
de'faceable
 
adj
 
de'facement
 
n
 
de'facer
 
n

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deface
early 14c., from O.Fr. defacier, from des- "away from" + face "face."
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Example sentences
But wrecking cars speaks to more than a simple urge to deface property or
  demand attention.
If it is too condemnatory, he fears somebody will deface it.
The graffiti looked as if the medium as well as the message was intended to
  deface and defy, not to beautify or persuade.
Let them ask the owner of the property for permission to deface his building.
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