Simple Definition of disfigure
: to spoil or damage the appearance of (something or someone)
Examples of disfigure in a sentence
His face was disfigured by a scar.
<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
Definition of disfigure for Students
: 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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