Examples of deface in a Sentence
The building was defaced with graffiti.
He was fined for defacing public property.
Recent Examples of deface from the Web
The committee accused Landrieu of not being more vocal about the vandalism of monuments, saying his silence on the issue encourages vandals seeking to deface the statues.
Streets are dotted with anti-Indian graffiti, much of it then defaced by soldiers.
For the second time in less than a year, the Samuel Colt monument has been defaced, this time by vandals using black spray paint to scrawl graffiti across the memorial to one of the city's most famous industrialists.
The two poked fun at popular culture and sought to undermine municipal sensibilities by defacing the covers of hundreds of books borrowed and stolen from their local library.
By Dec. 5, the face has been defaced, and now wears the round, black eyes and pointy eyebrows of an early cartoon.
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Origin and Etymology of deface
Middle English, from Anglo-French *desfacer, *deffacer, from des- de- + face front, face
First Known Use: 14th century
DEFACE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deface for English Language Learners
: to ruin the surface of (something) especially with writing or pictures
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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