deface

  • 1 Deface — De*face (d[ e]*f[=a]s ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defaced} (d[ e]*f[=a]st ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Defacing}.] [OE. defacen to disfigure, efface, OF. desfacier; L. dis + facies face. See {Face}, and cf. {Efface}.] 1. To destroy or mar the face or external …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 deface — deface, disfigure mean to mar the appearance of a thing. Deface usually suggests a marring of the face or external appearance of something; it frequently implies the effacement, obliteration, or removal of some part or detail {earth has yet a… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 deface — de·face /di fās/ vt de·faced, de·fac·ing: to destroy or mar the face or surface of de·face·ment n de·fac·er n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 deface — mid 14c., to obliterate, from O.Fr. desfacier mutilate, destroy, disfigure, from des away from (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + V.L. *facia (see FACE (Cf. face) (n.)). Weaker sense of to mar, make ugly is late 14c. in English. Related: Defaced; defacing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 deface — [v] mar, mutilate blemish, contort, damage, deform, demolish, destroy, dilapidate, disfigure, distort, harm, impair, injure, mangle, misshape, obliterate, ruin, scratch, spoil, sully, tarnish, trash*, vandalize, wreck; concepts 246,252 Ant. adorn …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 deface — ► VERB ▪ spoil the surface or appearance of. DERIVATIVES defacement noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 deface — [dē fās′, difās′] vt. defaced, defacing [ME defacen < OFr desfacier: see DE & FACE] 1. to spoil the appearance of; disfigure; mar 2. to make illegible by injuring the surface of defacement n. defacer n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Deface — Дефейс сайта MediaWiki Deface (англ. deface  уродовать, искажать)  тип …

    Википедия

  • 9 deface — defaceable, adj. defacement, n. defacer, n. /di fays /, v.t., defaced, defacing. 1. to mar the surface or appearance of; disfigure: to deface a wall by writing on it. 2. to efface, obliterate, or injure the surface of, as to make illegible or… …

    Universalium

  • 10 deface — UK [dɪˈfeɪs] / US verb [transitive] Word forms deface : present tense I/you/we/they deface he/she/it defaces present participle defacing past tense defaced past participle defaced to deliberately damage something valuable by writing on it or… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 deface — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French *desfacer, *deffacer, from des de + face front, face Date: 14th century 1. to mar the appearance of ; injure by effacing significant details < deface an inscription > 2. impair …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 deface — verb Deface is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑vandal …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 deface — [[t]dɪfe͟ɪs[/t]] defaces, defacing, defaced VERB If someone defaces something such as a wall or a notice, they spoil it by writing or drawing things on it. [V n] It s illegal to deface banknotes …

    English dictionary

  • 14 deface — de•face [[t]dɪˈfeɪs[/t]] v. t. faced, fac•ing 1) to mar the surface or appearance of; disfigure 2) to make illegible: to deface a bond[/ex] • Etymology: 1275–1325; ME < OF desfacier=des dis I+facier (der. of face face) de•face′a•ble, adj.… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 deface — /dəˈfeɪs / (say duh fays) verb (t) (defaced, defacing) 1. to mar the face or appearance of; disfigure. 2. to blot out; obliterate; efface. {Middle English deface(n), from French (obsolete) defacer, earlier desfacier, from des dis 1 + face face}… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 deface — verb a) To damage something in a visible or conspicuous manner. That wondrous frame where melody began / Lay as a tomb defaced that no eye cared to scan. b) To void or devalue; to nullify or …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 deface — Synonyms and related words: batter, blemish, blot, check, cicatrize, contort, crack, craze, damage, deform, demolish, destroy, dilapidate, disfigure, disproportion, distort, dysphemize, flaw, harm, impair, injure, kink, look a fright, look a mess …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 deface — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. mar, disfigure, mutilate, blemish; maim, mangle, scar. See deterioration, formlessness. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. disfigure, scratch, mutilate, efface; see cancel 1 , damage 1 , destroy 1 . III… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 deface — de|face [dıˈfeıs] v [T] to spoil the surface or appearance of something, especially by writing on it or breaking it ▪ Most of the monuments had been broken or defaced. >defacement n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 deface — de|face [ dı feıs ] verb transitive to deliberately damage something valuable by writing on it or breaking it …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English