As verbs the difference between debase and deface
is that debase
is to lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade while deface
is to damage something, especially a surface, in a visible or conspicuous manner.
To lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.
(archaic) To lower in position or rank.
[Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.]
To lower the value of (a currency) by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.
* adulterate, degrade, demean
To damage something, especially a surface, in a visible or conspicuous manner.
To void or devalue; to nullify or degrade the face value.
- That wondrous frame where melody began / Lay as a tomb defaced that no eye cared to scan.
- He defaced the I.O.U. notes by scrawling "void" over them.
(heraldry, flags) To alter a coat of arms or a flag by adding an element to it.
- One-and-twenty worn and defaced' shillings, however, were considered as equivalent to a guinea, which perhaps, indeed, was worn and ' defaced too, but seldom so much so.
- You get the Finnish state flag by defacing the national flag with the state coat of arms placed in the middle of the cross.
* (damage in a conspicuous way ): disfigure, mar, obliterate, scar, vandalize
* (degrade the face value ): cancel, devalue, nullify, void