deface

verb de·face \ di-ˈfās , dē- \

Definition of deface

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

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Origin and Etymology of deface

Middle English, from Anglo-French *desfacer, *deffacer, from des- de- + face front, face


DEFACE Defined for English Language Learners

deface

verb

Definition of deface for English Language Learners

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


DEFACE Defined for Kids

deface

verb de·face \ di-ˈfās \

Definition of deface for Students

defaced; defacing
:to damage the face or surface of
  • Vandals defaced the statue.

Law Dictionary

deface

transitive verb de·face \ di-ˈfās \

legal Definition of deface

defaced; defacing
:to destroy or mar the face or surface of

defacement

noun

defacer

noun


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