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disfigure

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verb dis·fig·ure \dis-ˈfi-gyər, especially British -ˈfi-gər\

Simple Definition of disfigure

  • : to spoil or damage the appearance of (something or someone)

Full Definition of disfigure

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to impair (as in beauty) by deep and persistent injuries <a face disfigured by smallpox>

  3. 2 obsolete :  disguise

dis·fig·ure·ment play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of disfigure

  1. His face was disfigured by a scar.

  2. <the statue was seriously disfigured by falling rubble during the earthquake>



Origin of disfigure

Middle English, from Anglo-French desfigurer, from des- dis- + figure figure


First Known Use: 14th century


DISFIGURE Defined for Kids

disfigure

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verb dis·fig·ure \dis-ˈfi-gyər\

Definition of disfigure

dis·fig·ureddis·fig·ur·ing

  1. :  to spoil the looks of



Word Root of disfigure

The Latin word fingere, meaning “to shape” or “to mold,” and its form fictus give us the roots fig and fict. Words from the Latin fingere have something to do with shaping. The figure of something, especially a person's body, is its shape. To disfigure is to change the shape and ruin the looks of something. Fiction is something written that is not fact but is shaped by the imagination.



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