defacement n : the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something; "the defacement of an Italian mosaic during the Turkish invasion"; "he objected to the dam's massive disfigurement of the landscape" [syn: disfigurement, disfiguration]
- An act of defacing;
an instance of visibly marring or disfiguring something.
- Some consider the defacement of the Sphinx to be the most egregious crime of Napolean's campaigns.
- An act of voiding or
devaluing; nullification of the
- The soldiers found a variety of creative uses for their payment scrip after its defacement to scrap paper; some used it as toilet paper.
- (Vexillology) A
symbol added to a
flag to change it [the
flag] or make it different from another.
- Note: The word "defacement" in Vexillology has none of the bad connotations its other meanings have.