Simple Definition of deface
: to ruin the surface of (something) especially with writing or pictures
Examples of deface in a sentence
The building was defaced with graffiti.
He was fined for defacing public property.
Origin and Etymology of deface
Middle English, from Anglo-French *desfacer, *deffacer, from des- de- + face front, face
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with deface
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DEFACE Defined for Kids
Definition of deface for Students
: to damage the face or surface of <Vandals defaced the statue.>
Legal Definition of deface
: to destroy or mar the face or surface of
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