AskDefine | Define deface

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1 mar or spoil the appearance of; "scars defaced her cheeks"; "The vandals disfigured the statue" [syn: disfigure, blemish]
2 deface a building facade, for example

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de- + face



  1. To damage something in a visible or conspicuous manner.
  2. To void or devalue; to nullify or degrade the face value.
    He defaced the I.O.U. notes by scrawling "void" over them.
    • 1776: Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
      One-and-twenty worn and defaced shillings, however, were considered as equivalent to a guinea, which perhaps, indeed, was worn and defaced too, but seldom so much so.



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batter, blemish, blot, check, cicatrize, contort, crack, craze, damage, deform, demolish, destroy, dilapidate, disfigure, disproportion, distort, dysphemize, flaw, harm, impair, injure, kink, look a fright, look a mess, look bad, look like hell, look something terrible, mangle, mar, misshape, mutilate, offend, offend the eye, ruin, scab, scar, scarify, split, spoil, truncate, twist, uglify, warp, wreck
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