from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To mar or spoil the appearance or surface of; disfigure.
- transitive v. To impair the usefulness, value, or influence of.
- transitive v. Obsolete To obliterate; destroy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To damage something, especially a surface, in a visible or conspicuous manner.
- v. To void or devalue; to nullify or degrade the face value.
- v. To alter a coat of arms or a flag by adding an element to it.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To destroy; to make null.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mar the face or surface of; disfigure; spoil the appearance of: as, to deface a monument.
- To impair or efface; blot or blot out; erase; obliterate; cancel: as, to deface an inscription; to deface a record.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. mar or spoil the appearance of
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.
Ashurnasirbal calls upon the triad not to listen to the prayers of such as deface his monuments.
Eileen Leuby, a resident of James River Road who also serves as president of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce, said the T-Mobile unit atop the AEP tower would "deface" the tower and the surrounding area.
But one objector from Solvang in California, said that the plans would "deface" the tarn's landscape.
You, however, seem to have found need of twisting my words to make it seem as though I were letting those who pollute and/or deface the landscape in any other way off the hook.
But far less talented graffiti vandals won't deface the work of professional graffiteros.
But like the hookers plying their trade in mini skirt collectives along infamous thoroughfares such as Sullivan and Tlalpan, the rule of law doesn't seem to stand in the way of anyone with a can of spray paint inclined to deface a wall.
Christopher Hitchens decided to deface a sign bearing a swastika in Beirut.