I. transitive verb (-tied; -tiing; also -ting) Date: 1964 to draw graffiti on ; to deface with graffiti <
graffitied walls
II. noun Etymology: Italian, plural of graffito Date: 1945 usually unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface Usage: Graffiti, which also serves as the plural of graffito, is commonly used as a singular mass noun <
graffiti…was depressing people who rode the subways — New Yorker
graffiti comes in various styles — S. K. Oberbeck
. This use is well established although not yet as well established as the mass-noun use of data. Use of graffiti as a singular count noun is still quite rare and is not standard.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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