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

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

Full Definition of DISFIGURE

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


Middle English, from Anglo-French desfigurer, from des- dis- + figure figure
First Known Use: 14th century
DISFIGURED Defined for Kids


verb dis·fig·ure \dis-ˈfi-gyər\

Definition of DISFIGURE for Kids

:  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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