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
The university eventually identified and disciplined several students for
  defacing the sculpture.
Defacing private and public property should never be glorified.
Nun convicted of defacing missile released from prison.
Chewing gum isn't allowed inside the country to keep it from defacing public
  benches, floors and edifices.
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