Part of speech: verb

To mar; disfigure.

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Usage examples "deface":

  1. The four scenes of rough and rank buffoonery which deface this act and the two following have given very reasonable offence to critics from whom they have provoked very unreasonable reflections. - "The Age of Shakespeare", Algernon Charles Swinburne.
  2. Mind what money you give me, count your change, and don't lose, destroy, or deface this indispensable ticket that I hand to you. - "The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories", Arnold Bennett.
  3. It was perfectly apparent that the damage had been done that very day, but he declared that there was no way to prevent it; that he was the only custodian of the place; that there were no guards; that it was impossible for him to be everywhere at once, and that it was easy enough for tourists and other visitors to deface the mosaics with their pocket knives in one of the palaces while he was showing people through the others. - "Modern India", William Eleroy Curtis.