If you deface something, you've blemished or disfigured it in some way. For example, graffiti can deface a statue.

To deface something means to damage it or just mess up its appearance. And sometimes it’s both: Throwing a cup of coffee on a valuable painting ruins the face of the painting, so we say it's been defaced. Drawing a mustache on a painting is another way to deface it. What did the Mona Lisa say to the museum visitor holding a marker? “Don’t mess up deface!”

Definitions of deface

v mar or spoil the appearance of

“scars defaced her cheeks”
blemish, disfigure
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mangle, maul
injure badly by beating
mark, pit, pock, scar
mark with a scar
mark with or as if with pockmarks
cicatrise, cicatrize
form a scar, after an injury
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deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate
make imperfect

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