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tr.v. de·faced, de·fac·ing, de·fac·es
1. To mar or spoil the appearance or surface of; disfigure.
2. To impair the usefulness, value, or influence of.
3. Obsolete To obliterate; destroy.

[Middle English defacen, from Old French desfacier : des-, de- + face, face; see face.]

de·face′a·ble adj.
de·face′ment n.
de·fac′er n.
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Perhaps the defacer is part of the law school community.
represents a type of the "eternal feminine"--the guardian of the hearth, the avenger of its wrongs upon the defacer and the despoiler.
The bothersome beetle was not the only defacer of Worcester over the past year.
How about the mayor taking a ride-along with the local police to see if he can find a defacer in the act?
I told her that perhaps that anonymous defacer was just frustrated and would find better ways to express his or her hope for societal betterment.