Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of defacing or disfiguring; injury to the surface or exterior; disfigurement; obliteration.
  • noun That which disfigures or mars appearance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of defacing, or the condition of being defaced; injury to the surface or exterior; obliteration.
  • noun That which mars or disfigures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An act of defacing; an instance of visibly marring or disfiguring something.
  • noun An act of voiding or devaluing; nullification of the face value.
  • noun heraldry A symbol added to a flag or coat of arms to change it or make it different from another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

deface +‎ -ment

Examples

  • The *victim* of the defacement is the person who is intended to be fearful.

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  • He has been arrested numerous times for his artistic self-expression by his government who does not agree with his reasoning that because they are forcibly removing these citizens from their dwellings in order to demolish the buildings and build commercially on the land, that spray painting his profile on building facades is only temporary "defacement" and that, really, it is art.

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  • So what happens when we begin to allow people to truly deface the so-called "defacement"?

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  • So what happens when we begin to allow people to truly deface the so-called "defacement"?

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  • He has been arrested numerous times for his artistic self-expression by his government who does not agree with his reasoning that because they are forcibly removing these citizens from their dwellings in order to demolish the buildings and build commercially on the land, that spray painting his profile on building facades is only temporary "defacement" and that, really, it is art.

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  • "defacement" of music, just like graffiti was considered nothing more than "defacement" of property.

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  • TEL AVIV—The burning and defacement of a mosque in northern Israel early Monday sparked a riot and heightened Israeli concerns that Jewish extremists could stoke Palestinian outrage and ignite a new uprising.

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  • To their credit, like Israeli officials, mainstream American Jewish leaders condemned the price tag vigilantes after the widely publicized defacement of a mosque in Israel proper last week.

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  • To their credit, like Israeli officials, mainstream American Jewish leaders condemned the price tag vigilantes after the widely publicized defacement of a mosque in Israel proper last week.

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  • Operation Baylout, as the attack is called, also involved the reported defacement of the Swedish website of the IFPI.

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