4. soundly, thoroughly, completely, entirely; gravely, seriously, severely; in deep, beyond or out of one's depth, over one's head, Inf. out of one's league or ballpark.
5. intricately, mysteriously; cunningly, skillfully, subtly, artfully.
6. sonorously, resonantly, richly, fully, boomingly.
deface, v. 1. disfigure, disfeature, deform, mar, spoil, ruin, flaw, blemish, uglify, blotch; vandalize, trash, damage.
2. efface, expunge, erase, eradicate, obliterate, blot or wipe out, rub or sponge out; delete, cancel, strike out, cross out, rule out.
defacement, n. 1. disfigurement, deformation, distortion, impairment, uglification; vandalism, destruction, damage; erosion, wear and tear, discoloration, oxidation.
2. effacement, erasure, eradication, expunction, obliteration; deletion, cancellation,
de facto, 1. in fact, in reality, in actuality, in effect, in point of fact, as a matter of fact; really, actually; accepted, recognized; behind-the-scenes.
2. real, actual, existing, existent, extant,
defamation, n. 1. denigration, vilification, vitu peration, scandal, Inf. skeleton in the closet; censure, reproach, denunciation, railing, curse, malediction, invective, commination, Archaic, exprobration, revile-ment, obloquy; belittlement, deprecation, disparagement, detraction, deflation, derogation, depreciation, devaluation; humiliation, humble pie, mortification. 2. calumny, slander, libel, false accusation, misrepresentation, falsehood, malicious falsehood, lie, abuse, injury, traducement, mud-slinging, backbiting; aspersion, muckraking, imputation, insinuation, innuendo, Inf. brickbat, reflection; slur, blot, blot on the escutcheon, smear, smirch, taint, attaint, stain, tarnish, spot, black spot or mark, blemish, smudge, brand, stigma, badge of infamy,
defamatory, adj. 1. denigrating, vituperative, vil-ipenditory, critical, condemnatory, denunciatory, disapprobatory, disapproving, imprecating, maledic-tive, maledictory; scandalous, shocking, flagrant, notorious, outrageous; shameful, disgraceful, reproach-able, dishonorable, discreditable, disfavorable, disreputable; humiliating, humbling, mortifying; belittling, disparaging, detractory, depreciatory, deprecatory, derogatory, deflating, devaluating.
2. slanderous, calumnious, calumniatory, traducent, aspersive, imputative, false, untrue, maliciously false or untrue, misrepresentative, abusive, injurious, contumelious, insulting, backbiting; defiling, sullying, staining, tainting, tarnishing, soiling, blemishing, smearing, smirching, smudging, branding, stigmatizing.
defame, v. 1. denigrate, vituperate, vilify, vilipend, scandalize, run down, berate, revile, malign, impugn, criticize, pull to pieces, Sl. do a hatchet job on, cut up, shred, give a bad name, speak ill of, speak evil of, gibbet, hold up to scorn, sneer at, muckrake; denounce, rail, curse, execrate, damn, imprecate, Obs. exprobate, anathematize, censure, cry down, reproach; discredit, disprove, disfavor; belittle, disparage, detract, decry, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, devaluate, deflate; humiliate, humble, mortify, Sl. put down.
2. calumniate, slander, libel, asperse, impute, insinuate, traduce, accuse falsely; falsify, misrepresent, belie; injure, abuse, assail, stab, insult, backbite, Sl. bad-mouth, engage in personalities; slur, sully, defile, smear, smirch, besmirch, soil, blacken, blemish, tarnish, taint, attaint, smudge, stain, spot, brand, stigmatize, drag through the mud or mire, heap dirt upon, Sl. dump on.