AskDefine | Define defacement

Dictionary Definition

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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. 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.
  2. An act of voiding or devaluing; nullification of the face value.
    The soldiers found a variety of creative uses for their payment scrip after its defacement to scrap paper; some used it as toilet paper.
  3. (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.


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