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deface

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verb de·face \di-ˈfās, dē-\

Simple Definition of deface

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deface

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mar the appearance of :  injure by effacing significant details <deface an inscription>

  3. 2 :  impair

  4. 3 obsolete :  destroy

defacement play \-ˈfās-mənt\ noun
defacer noun

Examples of deface in a sentence

  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


DEFACE Defined for Kids

deface

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verb de·face \di-ˈfās\

Definition of deface for Students

defaceddefacing

  1. :  to damage the face or surface of <Vandals defaced the statue.>




Law Dictionary

deface

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transitive verb de·face \di-ˈfās\

Legal Definition of deface

defaceddefacing

  1. :  to destroy or mar the face or surface of

defacement noun
defacer noun




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