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deface

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of deface

  1. 1 to deliberately cause the damage or destruction of another's property <the principal vowed to get the punks who defaced the statue in front of the school> Synonyms vandalize, trashRelated Words desecrate, violate; graffiti, tag; bang up, break, damage, harm, hurt, impair, mar, shatter, spoil; annihilate, demolish, destroy, devastate, ravage, raven, raze, ruin, scourge, smash, tear down, total, waste, wipe out, wrack, wreck; sabotage; depredate, despoil, loot, maraud, pillage, plunder, ransack, sack, spoliateNear Antonyms conserve, preserve, protect, save; salvage; build, rebuild

  2. 2 to reduce the soundness, effectiveness, or perfection of <years of wear had defaced the fine engraving on the coins> Synonyms blemish, bloody, break, compromise, crab, cripple, cross (up), damage, disfigure, endamage, flaw, harm, hurt, impair, injure, mar, spoil, vitiateRelated Words deteriorate, enervate, enfeeble, undermine, weaken; erode, scour, wash out, wear (away); blight, tarnish; dent, ding, dint; botch, gum (up), queer; lacerate, wound; disable, hamstring, lame, maim, mangle, mutilate, torment, torture; annihilate, bang up, bash, batter, clobber, crush, dash, decimate, demolish, desolate, destroy, devastate, do in, pulverize, raze, ruin, scourge, shatter, smash, tear down, total, waste, wipe out, wreckNear Antonyms cure, heal, help, rectify, rehabilitate, remedy; edit, remodel, revise; ameliorate, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate, perfect, refineAntonyms doctor, fix, mend, patch, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, renovate, repair, revamp




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