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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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Noun1.defacement - 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"
scathe, damage, harm, hurt - the act of damaging something or someone
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n. deformación; deterioro; mutilación.
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Gonzalez-Davidson had been charged with being an accomplice in "threatening to cause destruction, defacement or damage" and inciting others to do the same under articles 29 and 424 of the Criminal Code.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Jun 11 (ANI): The Twitter account of singer Adnan Sami was allegedly hacked on Tuesday by Turkish hackers Ayyildiz Tim, Turkish Cyber Army, the same group responsible for the recent defacement of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan's Twitter account.
The website defacement also resulted in sensitive voter information to be breached.
There were also 737,289 web application attacks detected during the review period which included website defacement and illegal access to online applications, 453,371 denial-of-service threats which hampered the availability of computer services and 3,449 attacks perpetrated through the exploitation of misconfigured systems.
A decree-law on protection of antiquities bans any damage or demolition or defacement of any relics, Baca president Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa told our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.
'The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas warns the public that the willful defacement, mutilation, tearing, burning or destruction of Philippine banknotes and coins are punishable by a fine of not more than P20,000.00 and/or imprisonment of not more than five years,' the BSP said in a statement.
It should be a treasured landmark in our archaeological and historic heritage, and its defacement by any building additional to the existing Victoria Tower would constitute sheer vandalism which should not be contemplated for commercial or any other reasons.
It reversed decades of defacement done to the constitution by military dictators, converted Pakistan into a Parliamentary Republic as opposed to a Presidential one, and finally, to emphasize and entrench the changes made, it devolved several ministries from the federal level to the provincial level.
Clients are discouraged from coding as it may result in web-site defacement and other issues, Adina said.
The statement reads: 'All Progressives Congress Will like to call the attention of the Security Agencies in the state and especially the Commissioner of Police to the dangerous trend of Politicking being practised by the opposition elements in the state to Billboard and Poster mutilation as witnessed over the last weekend of 7th - 9th September across challenge to exit to Toll Gate and Mobil - Ring Road Ibadan where the defacement and mutilation were observed.
In a statement, Snap said the defacement was "deeply offensive".