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Definition of "deface" [de•face]

  • To mar or spoil the appearance or surface of; disfigure. (verb-transitive)
  • To impair the usefulness, value, or influence of. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To obliterate; destroy. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deface" in a sentence
  • "a collision course with nature – to deface or not to deface, that is the question."
  • "Lots of Christians purposely "deface" their own Bibles."
  • "It will be observed, that the word "deface," employed in this statute, actually covers the marking of margins by any reader, all such marking constituting a defacement within the meaning of the law."