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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



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