• WordNet 3.6
    • v deface mar or spoil the appearance of "scars defaced her cheeks","The vandals disfigured the statue"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deface To destroy or mar the face or external appearance of; to disfigure; to injure, spoil, or mar, by effacing or obliterating important features or portions of; as, to deface a monument; to deface an edifice; to deface writing; to deface a note, deed, or bond; to deface a record. "This high face defaced .""So by false learning is good sense defaced ."
    • Deface To destroy; to make null. "Profane scoffing] doth . . . deface the reverence of religion.""For all his power was utterly defaste defaced ]."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deface To mar the face or surface of; disfigure; spoil the appearance of: as, to deface a monument.
    • deface To impair or efface; blot or blot out; erase; obliterate; cancel: as, to deface an inscription; to deface a record.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deface de-fās′ to destroy or mar the face or external appearance of, to disfigure: to obliterate
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  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    “Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.”
  • L. Estrange
    L. Estrange
    “One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. defacen, to disfigure, efface, OF. desfacier,; L. dis-, + facies, face. See Face, and cf. Efface
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desfacerdes = L. dis, away, facies, face.


In literature:

No blemmish may deface The worlds in severall deckt with all art and grace.
"Democritus Platonissans" by Henry More
On the south side is a figure in long vestment, apparently sitting on an altar, much defaced.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
Our Council was principally for a new Great Seal and to deface the old Seal.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
The pavement is however still left open, and it is of infinite interest, although grievously distorted and defaced.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
The church is of the later Gothic period, much defaced, but still picturesque.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
They cut his carpets, defaced the pictures, broke the statues, and made kindling wood of the piano, sofas, etc.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
In his visitations he was very severe in defacing fictitious arms.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
But, already that sharpened knife of Pierre's was at work, defacing, mutilating.
"A Daughter of the Forest" by Evelyn Raymond
I say that that defaced picture is conclusive.
"Hand and Ring" by Anna Katharine Green
The good that is in it, which is considerable, is defaced by triviality and bad taste.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
There was the figure of the Samuel, Uncle True's first gift, defaced by time and accident.
"The Lamplighter" by Maria S. Cummins
Much defaced, head grotesquely so.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
As winter always defaces and erases green summer, so fares it with unstable love in man and woman.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It is about 'defacing the coin.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
A monument was erected on the battlefield in 1859, but was much defaced during the Civil War.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
She was rubbing some lotion on her red, chapped hands, hands defaced by work and cold.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell
The structures so cruelly defaced might be repaired by the skill of the architect.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
Yet, defaced and half-buried as it is, it is grand beyond description.
"What We Saw in Egypt" by Anonymous
These were meant for the four archangels and were wholly defaced.
"Seldwyla Folks" by Gottfried Keller
His old tombstone is nearly defaced, and lies in the side aisle, some yards from its original site.
"Milton's England" by Lucia Ames Mead

In poetry:

The law, which him its keeper kill'd,
In me its breaker is fulfill'd;
Yea magnify'd and honour'd more
Than sin defac'd it e'er before.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Why is its beauty thus defaced?
Why hast thou laid her fences waste?
Strangers and foes against her join,
And every beast devours the vine.
"Psalm 80" by Isaac Watts
'By these late years their names,
Their virtues, their hereditary claims,
May be as near defacement at their grave-place
As are their fames.'
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
There is an element of ill—
Of power to soil, deface, and kill
The buds, the flowers, the fruits of life—
The careless mother, worthless wife.
"Woman" by Janet Hamilton
No creature has the power to deface
The work, by his divine Creator done:
Nor man, nor fiend, can rob thee of his grace;
If thou wilt put thy trust in him alone.
"Advice To A Sinner, To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
One rough, uneven stone, one shapeless mass,
Will all the beauty of the work deface:
One lawless man, that does in vice surpass,
Will thee and all thy family disgrace.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard

In news:

In the latest in a string of vandalism incidents to hit Christian holy sites in Israel this year, Calvary Baptist Church was defaced Monday.
Vandal defaces Obama mural in downtown Houston.
Wall on Route 125 defaced again.
A reward is now offered in a string of vandalism incidents that have defaced public property in Coon Rapids.
Every year hordes of pigeons and certain other pest birds deface hundreds of millions of dollars worth of otherwise beautiful buildings.
Leach is charged with four counts of felony defacing or desecrating a grave site.
"There is so many defaced Israeli websites right now, that we just made a list of them," Anonymous tweeted.
This picture of two penguins greeted visitors to the defaced sites.
Man who defaced Mark Rothko painting at London 's Tate Modern jailed for 2 years.
Man jailed for 2 years for defacing Rothko work.
Man who defaced Mark Rothko painting at London's Tate Modern jailed for 2 years.
Thieves armed with power saws deface sacred petroglyphs.
The incident, which was captured on video and posted to YouTube, involved a man using black spray paint to deface Picasso 's 1932.
A site on Anonymous' target list defaced by a pro-Palestinian group.
Incumbent Assemblywoman Janet Duprey says she's disturbed by the recent defacing of some of her campaign signs along US Route 11.

In science:

Of course, the attacker could break into (i.e., deface) a legitimate web site that the target user regularly visits.
Attacks on Local Searching Tools