- To destroy or mar the face or external appearance of; to disfigure; to injure, spoil, or mar, by effacing or obliterating important features or portions of; as, to deface a monument; to deface an edifice; to deface writing; to deface a note, deed, or bond; to deface a record. "This high face defaced." [Emerson.]"So by false learning is good sense defaced." [Pope.]
- To destroy; to make null.(Obs)"Profane scoffing] doth . . . deface the reverence of religion." [Bacon.]"For all his power was utterly defaste defaced]." [Spenser.]
Etymology: Cf. F. défairesynonyms: See Efface.
Etymology: OE. defacen to disfigure, efface, OF. desfacier; L. dis- + facies face. See Face, and cf. Efface