[ dis-fig-yer; British dis-fig-er ]
/ dɪsˈfɪg yər; British dɪsˈfɪg ər /

verb (used with object), dis·fig·ured, dis·fig·ur·ing.

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

1325–75; Middle English disfiguren < Anglo-French, Old French desfigurer, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -figurer, verbal derivative of figure figure
Related formsdis·fig·ur·er, nounun·dis·fig·ured, adjective
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/ (dɪsˈfɪɡə) /

verb (tr)

to spoil the appearance or shape of; deface
to mar the effect or quality of
Derived Formsdisfigurer, noun
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Word Origin and History for disfigure



late 14c., from Old French desfigurer "disfigure, alter, disguise, destroy," from Medieval Latin diffigurare, from Latin dis- (see dis-) + figura "figure," from figurare "to figure" (see figure (n.)). Related: Disfigured; disfiguring.

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