[ dis-fig-yer; British dis-fig-er ]
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verb (used with object),dis·fig·ured, dis·fig·ur·ing.
  1. to mar the appearance or beauty of; deform; deface: Our old towns are increasingly disfigured by tasteless new buildings.

  2. 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 figurefigure

synonym study For disfigure

1. See mar.

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Opposites for disfigure

Other words from disfigure

  • dis·fig·ur·er, noun
  • un·dis·fig·ured, adjective

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How to use disfigure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for disfigure


/ (dɪsˈfɪɡə) /

  1. to spoil the appearance or shape of; deface

  2. to mar the effect or quality of

Derived forms of disfigure

  • disfigurer, noun

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