Definition of deface in English:

deface

Line breaks: de¦face
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfeɪs
 
/

verb

[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.
Synonyms
vandalize, disfigure, mar, spoil, ruin, deform, sully, tarnish, damage; injure, uglify, blight, blemish, impair
informal tag, trash

Origin

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

Derivatives

defacement

noun
More 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.

defacer

noun
More 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.

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