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.
- dis·fig·ur·er, noun
- un·dis·fig·ured, adjective
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How to use disfigure in a sentence
The experiences of many scarred, disfigured, and traumatized veterans, Worland says, were transmuted into monster films — the Phantom in Chaney Sr.
Others, like panamensis, mostly found in Panama and Colombia, attack the mucous membranes that line the inside of the nose and mouth, disfiguring people permanently.
Topping in this way permanently disfigures the natural form.It’s tree-pruning season. Here’s how to do it without resorting to ‘crape murder.’ | Adrian Higgins | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Massive commercial surveillance for the sake of a few companies is disfiguring our societies.'We Need a Fundamental Reset.' Shoshana Zuboff on Building an Internet That Lets Democracy Flourish | Billy Perrigo | January 22, 2021 | Time
There were points where I thought it was possible I could either die or become seriously disfigured.How battered D.C. police made a stand against the Capitol mob | Peter Hermann | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
It would not mutilate and disfigure the body, for it is a sacred temple, to be made beautiful and attractive.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII | John Lord
I never saw any one who so well defies the power of time and vice to disfigure.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
Footnote 184: This remark refers to several blots of ink which disfigure the page of his Journal on which he was writing.The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers, 1758-1775 | Abraham Tomlinson
The documents stolen by Reuter were interpolated by the police so as to disfigure their meaning.Revolution and Counter-Revolution | Karl Marx
A fine line made with a medium pencil will answer the same purpose and will not materially disfigure the box.Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects | C. V. Riley
British Dictionary definitions for disfigure
to spoil the appearance or shape of; deface
to mar the effect or quality of
- disfigurer, noun
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