Deface Law and Legal Definition

Deface means to destruct or spoil appearance of. The term can be used with respect to persons or documents. Defacing a human is a criminal offence. Defacing also means making illegible by injuring the face of a written document. The usefulness, value, and effect of the document is lost by defacing a document. Defacing can also be done on monuments or statutes by deliberately damaging something valuable by writing on it or breaking it.