verb \di-ˈfās, dē-\

: to ruin the surface of (something) especially with writing or pictures

Full Definition of DEFACE

transitive verb
:  to mar the appearance of :  injure by effacing significant details <deface an inscription>
:  impair
obsolete :  destroy
de·face·ment \-ˈfās-mənt\ noun
de·fac·er noun

Examples of DEFACE

  1. The building was defaced with graffiti.
  2. He was fined for defacing public property.

Origin of DEFACE

Middle English, from Anglo-French *desfacer, *deffacer, from des- de- + face front, face
First Known Use: 14th century


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