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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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This only depends you defacer! The time of the challenge will have duration maximum of six hours.
Suffice it to say that as a "foul defacer of God's handiwork," Richard acts from experience as a man whom God long ago defaced.