disfigure

verb
dis·​fig·​ure | \ dis-ˈfi-gyər How to pronounce disfigure (audio) , especially British -ˈfi-gə\
disfigured; disfiguring; disfigures

Definition of disfigure

transitive verb

1 : to impair (as in beauty) by deep and persistent injuries a face disfigured by smallpox
2 obsolete : disguise

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Other Words from disfigure

disfigurement \ dis-​ˈfi-​gyər-​mənt How to pronounce disfigurement (audio) , especially British  -​ˈfi-​gə-​ \ noun

Examples of disfigure in a Sentence

His face was disfigured by a scar. the statue was seriously disfigured by falling rubble during the earthquake
Recent Examples on the Web Trump has disfigured the pardon power to reward friends. Mona Charen, National Review, "Accountability in the Trump Administration," 11 Oct. 2019 The fight leaves him horribly disfigured and near death, but Skywalker is rescued and ultimately becomes the iconic Darth Vader. Fox News, "Darth Vader's birthplace found? Evidence of dangerous volcano, lava world spotted in deep space," 30 Aug. 2019 Part of the melted dashboard was permanently disfigured. Garnett Kilberg Cohen, The New Yorker, "My Life in Smoke," 25 Aug. 2019 More than 40 million people were killed, injured or permanently disfigured—and for what? Joseph Loconte, WSJ, "The Versailles Treaty Gets a Bum Rap," 27 June 2019 The body was badly disfigured from the fire, and officials are working to identify the man, Leibman said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Man’s body found in Renton homeless camp after fire, police say," 29 Aug. 2019 After an encounter with the Punisher leaves him horribly disfigured, mob boss Billy Russoti changes his name to Jigsaw and sets out for revenge. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 People with this disease are relegated to the indoors because exposure to light can lead to disfiguring blisters. Leah Hall, Country Living, "Fact or Fiction: Are Vampires Real?," 14 Aug. 2019 There was Incahuasi, more than a mile higher than Mont Blanc, its flanks disfigured by ancient lava flows, its summit home to an Incan ceremonial platform. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of disfigure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disfigure

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

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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of disfigure was in the 14th century

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disfigure

verb
How to pronounce disfigure (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disfigure

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

disfigure

verb
dis·​fig·​ure | \ dis-ˈfi-gyər How to pronounce disfigure (audio) \
disfigured; disfiguring

Kids Definition of disfigure

: to spoil the looks of

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