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deface (v.)

mid-14c., "to obliterate" (writing); late 14c., "to mar the face or surface of," from Old French desfacier "mutilate, destroy, disfigure," from des- "away from" (see dis-) + Vulgar Latin *facia (see face (n.)). Weaker sense of "to mar, make ugly" is late 14c. in English. Related: Defaced; defacing.

Origin and meaning of deface

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Definitions of deface

deface (v.)
mar or spoil the appearance of;
scars defaced her cheeks
Synonyms: disfigure / blemish
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