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
When the bodies were finally exhumed, almost two weeks after the murders, they were discovered to have been badly defaced.
No labels should be hand-written, scratched through or defaced.
Except as otherwise provided in this division, possessing a defaced firearm is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
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