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[dih-fawr-mi-tee] /dɪˈfɔr mɪ ti/
noun, plural deformities.
the quality or state of being deformed, disfigured, or misshapen.
Pathology. an abnormally formed part of the body.
a deformed person or thing.
hatefulness; ugliness.
Origin of deformity
1350-1400; Middle English deformite < Old French < Latin dēfōrmitās, equivalent to dēfōrm(is) deform2 + -itās -ity
Related forms
nondeformity, noun, plural nondeformities. Unabridged
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  • Pericles was usually represented with a helmet, to cover the deformity in his skull.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Hitherto Meg's experience had been that it was a thing to be slurred over, like a deformity.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • And if this is true, Love is the love of beauty and not of deformity?

    Symposium Plato
  • He referred to the fact that they are subject to hardly any deformity.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • When you have done this the deformity will indicate the location of the fracture.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Then I made a jest of a deformity, and the joke carried me too far.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • To this he refers our impressions of beauty and deformity, vice and virtue.

  • The thing was hardly a deformity; yet I cannot tell you what a living nightmare it was to me.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • You get deformity, if not complete helplessness and annihilation.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for deformity


noun (pl) -ties
a deformed condition; disfigurement
(pathol) an acquired or congenital distortion of an organ or part
a deformed person or thing
a defect, esp of the mind or morals; depravity
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Word Origin and History for deformity

early 15c., diformyte, from Old French deformité "deformity, disfigurement," from Latin deformitatem (nominative deformitas) "ugliness," from deformis "misformed, misshapen," from deformare (see deform).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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deformity in Medicine

deformity de·for·mi·ty (dĭ-fôr'mĭ-tē)

  1. The state of being deformed.

  2. A deviation from the normal shape or size of a body part, resulting in disfigurement.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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