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deformed

[dih-fawrmd]
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adjective
  1. having the form changed, especially with loss of beauty; misshapen; disfigured: After the accident his arm was permanently deformed.
  2. hateful; offensive: a deformed personality.
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Origin of deformed

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at deform1, -ed2
Related formsde·form·ed·ly [dih-fawr-mid-lee] /dɪˈfɔr mɪd li/, adverbde·form·ed·ness, nounnon·de·formed, adjectiveun·de·formed, adjective

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1. malformed, crippled.

deform1

[dih-fawrm]
verb (used with object)
  1. to mar the natural form or shape of; put out of shape; disfigure: In cases where the drug was taken during pregnancy, its effects deformed the infants.
  2. to make ugly, ungraceful, or displeasing; mar the beauty of; spoil: The trees had been completely deformed by the force of the wind.
  3. to change the form of; transform.
  4. Geology, Mechanics. to subject to deformation: The metal was deformed under stress.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to undergo deformation.
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Origin of deform1

1350–1400; Middle English deformen < Latin dēfōrmāre, equivalent to dē- de- + fōrmāre to form
Related formsde·form·a·ble, adjectivede·form·a·bil·i·ty, nounde·form·a·tive, adjectivede·form·er, nounun·de·form·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms

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1. misshape. See mar. 2. ruin.
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Related Words

damaged, awry, misshapen, twisted, gnarled, crippled, bowed, contorted, mangled, warped, scarred, disjointed, bent, crooked, knotted, maimed, cramped, curved, blemished

Examples from the Web for deformed

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Historical Examples

  • The nose was but a gaping orifice above a deformed and twisted mouth.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Can they give beauty to the deformed, strength to the weak, or health to the infirm?

  • That lonely vertical rod at once deformed and enfranchised the forest.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • No vulgar emotion ever deformed the godlike tranquility of his soul.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • Her tender side is gored; her spotless and snowy coat is deformed with blood.

    Imogen

    William Godwin


British Dictionary definitions for deformed

deformed

adjective
  1. disfigured or misshapen
  2. morally perverted; warped
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Derived Formsdeformedly (dɪˈfɔːmɪdlɪ), adverbdeformedness, noun

deform

verb
  1. to make or become misshapen or distorted
  2. (tr) to mar the beauty of; disfigure
  3. (tr) to subject or be subjected to a stress that causes a change of dimensions
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Derived Formsdeformable, adjectivedeformability, noundeformer, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin dēformāre, from de- + forma shape, beauty
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Word Origin and History for deformed

deform

v.

c.1400, "to disfigure," from Old French deformer (13c.), from Latin deformare "put out of shape, disfigure," from de- (see de-) + formare (see form (v.)). Related: Deformed; deforming.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

deformed in Medicine

deformed

(dĭ-fôrmd)
adj.
  1. Distorted in form.
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