disfigure [dis- fig-yer; dis- British fig-er] SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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,
des- dis- 1
verbal derivative of
figure figure Related forms dis·fig·ur·er, noun un·dis·fig·ured, adjective
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Related Words for disfigure scar
disfeature Examples from the Web for disfigure Historical Examples of disfigure
The hideous monstrosities of post-Reformation times did not then
disfigure our churches.
The happy-go-lucky Venetian methods were no longer to
disfigure the country.
There is no rise and fall of tide in these regions to
disfigure the shore with mud.
Not infrequently is it true that the style of dress seems to
But, dear, dear, what a pity it is that you should go and
disfigure yourselves like this! British Dictionary definitions for disfigure verb (tr) to spoil the appearance or shape of; deface to mar the effect or quality of Derived Forms disfigurer, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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