1. the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something

- the defacement of an Italian mosaic during the Turkish invasion

Similar word(s): disfiguration, disfigurement, mutilation

Definition categories: act, damage, harm, hurt, scathe

Sentences with defacement as a noun:

- Some consider the defacement of the Sphinx to be the most egregious crime of Napolean's campaigns.

- The soldiers found a variety of creative uses for their payment scrip after its defacement to scrap paper; some used it as toilet paper.