disfigure

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

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

disfigurement

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Examples of disfigure in a Sentence

  1. His face was disfigured by a scar.

  2. the statue was seriously disfigured by falling rubble during the earthquake

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Origin and Etymology of disfigure

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


DISFIGURE Defined for English Language Learners

disfigure

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Definition of disfigure for English Language Learners

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


DISFIGURE Defined for Kids

disfigure

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verb dis·fig·ure \dis-ˈfi-gyər\

Definition of disfigure for Students

disfigured

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disfiguring

  1. :  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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