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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·face v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defaced p. pr. & vb. n. Defacing.]
 1. 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.”
    So by false learning is good sense defaced.   --Pope.
 2.  To destroy; to make null. [Obs.]
    [Profane scoffing] doth . . . deface the reverence of religion.   --Bacon.
    For all his power was utterly defaste [defaced].   --Spenser.
 Syn: -- See Efface.