deface


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
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earth has yet a little gilding left, not quite rubbed off, dishonored, and defacedHazlitt

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a door defaced by innumerable incised inscriptions— Shaw

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bad poets deface what they take [from others], and good poets make it into something better— T. S. Eliot

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Disfigure, as applied to a surface, implies deeper or more permanent injury than deface; as applied to figure or conformation, it frequently suggests such impairing of beauty or attractiveness as results from other than structural injury
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a book disfigured by many serious faults

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the smallpox . . . fell foul of poor little Oliver's face . . . and left him scarred and disfigured for his life— Thackeray

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where trees, disfigured by no gaudy lanterns, offered the refreshment of their darkness and serenity— Galsworthy

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in the midst of the political investigations which disfigure our time— Sat. Review

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Analogous words: *injure, damage, mar: *deform, distort, contort: mutilate, batter, mangle (see MAIM)

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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