After sneaking in under the cover of night, the vandals chose these symbols to deface.
It was as if Romney had lit his résumé on fire, and had returned to Boston to deface his gubernatorial portrait.
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.