disfigure


dis·fig·ure

verb \dis-ˈfi-gyər, especially British -ˈfi-gər\

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

Full Definition of DISFIGURE

transitive verb
1
:  to impair (as in beauty) by deep and persistent injuries <a face disfigured by smallpox>
2
obsolete :  disguise
dis·fig·ure·ment \-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

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