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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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  • Any person displacing or defacing this abstract is liable to a penalty not exceeding 40 shillings.

  • The defacing finger of Time is visible on all perishable articles.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • defacing the property of others is a particularly mean and contemptible form of mischief.

    Left Half Harmon Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Sound, I protest,—sound in wind and limb; not a defacing mark!

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Take off the top nicely, and without breaking or defacing, and hollow out the inside, leaving the sides and bottom standing.

  • "You are defacing a fair memory," sighed the sculptor, with mock melancholy.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • But the assassins had been condemned to death “on the statute for defacing and dismembering, called the Coventry Act.”

  • In his visitations he was very severe in defacing fictitious arms.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
British Dictionary definitions for defacing

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 defacing

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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