disfigure

[dis-fig-yer; British dis-fig-er]

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.

Nearby words

  1. diseuse,
  2. disfavor,
  3. disfavour,
  4. disfeature,
  5. disfellowship,
  6. disfigurement,
  7. disfluency,
  8. disforest,
  9. disfranchise,
  10. disfranchisement

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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British Dictionary definitions for disfigure

disfigure

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

disfigure

v.

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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