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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 of deface
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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Examples from the Web for defacement
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  • They are never disfigured with vile language or other defacement.

    Farm Boys and Girls William Arch McKeever
  • One of the islanders might chance to observe the defacement of the tomb.

    Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Later evidence indicates that while there was a demonstration there was no defacement of the vault.

    Cuba, Old and New Albert Gardner Robinson
  • It was its extreme hardness that saved it from destruction and defacement.

  • By the following simple method this can be done without any injury or defacement of the ivory.

  • About eight o'clock the sedan was brought home empty, and without a sign of defacement inside or out.

  • He also had another "token" in the shape of threatened violence and the defacement of his house.

  • The Journal had been calling the attention of its readers to the defacement of the landscape by billboard advertisers.

  • Pictures of generals or royalties are especially liable to defacement with opprobrious epithets.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • In England, the purpose of the defacement marks is primarily to prevent the stamp being used again.

    Her Majesty's Mails William Lewins
British Dictionary definitions for defacement

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 defacement
n.

1560s, from deface + -ment.

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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