[dis-fig-yer; British dis-fig-er]
- to mar the appearance or beauty of; deform; deface: Our old towns are increasingly disfigured by tasteless new buildings.
- to mar the effect or excellence of: His reputation was disfigured by instances of political favoritism.
Origin of disfigure
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1. spoil, blemish. See mar.
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Examples from the Web for disfigure
The hideous monstrosities of post-Reformation times did not then disfigure our churches.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
The happy-go-lucky Venetian methods were no longer to disfigure the country.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
There is no rise and fall of tide in these regions to disfigure the shore with mud.The Riddle of the Sands
Not infrequently is it true that the style of dress seems to disfigure.The Bibliotaph
Leon H. Vincent
But, dear, dear, what a pity it is that you should go and disfigure yourselves like this!Glyn Severn's Schooldays
George Manville Fenn
- to spoil the appearance or shape of; deface
- to mar the effect or quality of
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Word Origin and History for disfigure
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