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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of deface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having the external appearance impaired, usually deliberately.


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  • His mother — her bones scattered — her name defaced — her rest annulled!

    On Forsyte 'Change

  • The final programmes will engagingly escort us to the present day, via a coin defaced by Suffragettes, a plate from the Russian revolution, and a credit card, to the final object.

    A History of the World in 100 Objects is Radio 4 at its best

  • The charities told the paper that in the past, they removed labels and "defaced" any fake trademarks before distributing the clothes, and they pointed out that the donations helped save them--and therefore the city--money.

    NYC Police Dept Stops Giving Counterfeit Clothing To Charity - The Consumerist

  • This fact can be attested to by the presence, in cities like San Francisco where graffiti is common, of illegally-painted murals executed with 30 cans of spray paint, dozens of oil paint sticks or markers loaded with artist-mixed inks, which have themselves been "defaced" by simple spray-paint or Sharpie tags.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • I don't understand the motives behind the people who "defaced" the stain, though.

    Mary, graffiti, brown paint, and "Engine Shampoo."

  • Besides, every true book lover knows that in three hundred years, what was "defaced" becomes "historical."

    The Gates Of Sleep

  • The Charter also authorised the Company to use a distinctive flag, indicating the British character of the undertaking, and the one adopted, following the example of the English Colonies, is the British flag, "defaced," as it is termed, with the Company's badge -- a lion.

    British Borneo Sketches of Brunai, Sarawak, Labuan, and North Borneo

  • I read it as a kind of defaced romance; very thin and lean, but all true, and very marvelous as such.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II

  • Last night it was reported that Lady Gaga arrived in Tokyo with a "defaced" Hermes Birkin bag tattooed with Japanese text.

    Fast Company

  • A letter signed by 27 members of the architectural faculty at the University of Washington warned that the city's skyline would be "defaced" and "become a billboard for privileged corporations." - News


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  • The longest common word spelled with hexadecimal letters; also, the longest common word spelled with piano notes.

    --Chris Cole, Wordplay (See comment under "Wordplay List".)

    May 25, 2008