Definition of deface in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈfeɪs/


[with object]
Spoil the surface or appearance of (something), for example by drawing or writing on it: he defaced library books
More example sentences
  • We are fighting back against the litter louts, the illegal fly-tippers and fly-posters and the vandals who deface the city with graffiti.
  • It may sound obvious but cheque book customers should not deface Irish pound cheques by crossing out the currency sign and writing in a euro sign instead - or vice versa.
  • Your eyes glow every single morning, and you're always smiling; you doodle both your names in all the books, even deface public property.
injure, uglify, blight, blemish, impair
informal tag, trash



Pronunciation: /dɪˈfeɪsm(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • The reaction generally to the defacement must surely have sent a clear message to the vandals, and the last thing one need do is to pander to them.
  • Reported death threats, defacements and incidents have yet to produce a single major prosecution.
  • According to Moore, the chalkings qualify as defacement of property and harassing and intimidating behavior, both of which are violations of the Student Code of Conduct.


Example sentences
  • High on the list of defacers are cinema posters swamping flyover pillars and walls.
  • The abuse and ignorance we deal with from defacers and defacement victims is staggering, and some of that abuse spills over into actual attacks.
  • Other hackers, most notably the Chaos Computer Club, have criticised The Dispatchers, a loose-knit collective of more than 60 defacers.


Middle English: from Old French desfacier, from des- (expressing removal) + face 'face'.

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