• WordNet 3.6
    • v disfigure mar or spoil the appearance of "scars defaced her cheeks","The vandals disfigured the statue"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1800s, the Chinese believed that strangling a man was less sever a punishment than beheading because the body would not be permanently disfigured.
    • n Disfigure Disfigurement; deformity. "Strange defeatures in my face."
    • v. t Disfigure To mar the figure of; to render less complete, perfect, or beautiful in appearance; to deface; to deform. "Disfiguring not God's likeness, but their own."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disfigure To mar the external figure of; impair the shape or form of; injure the beauty, symmetry, or excellence of; deface; deform, either actually or by incongruous addition.
    • disfigure To carve: said of a peacock.
    • disfigure To disguise, especially by putting on inferior habiliments.
    • disfigure Synonyms Cripple, Mangle, etc. See mutilate.
    • n disfigure Disfigurement; deformity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disfigure dis-fig′ūr to spoil the figure of: to change to a worse form: to spoil the beauty of: to deform
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. desfigurer, F. défigurer,; pref. des-,L. dis-,) + figurer, to fashion, shape, fr. L. figurare, fr. figura, figure. See Figure, and cf. Defiguration
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desfigurer—L. dis, neg., figurāre, to figure.


In literature:

The hair, which alone could not be disfigured or obliterated, was in both men similar in colour.
"The Old Man in the Corner" by Baroness Orczy
It is disfigured with childish tales and impossible adventures.
"Four Early Pamphlets" by William Godwin
The tribes met with were more than ordinarily filthy, and were disfigured by loathsome skin diseases.
"The Explorers of Australia and their Life-work" by Ernest Favenc
But these were no more than the moral blotches that usually disfigure human commendation.
"The Headsman" by James Fenimore Cooper
For an instant, a picture of that adored young face hideously disfigured turned him sick.
"The Port of Adventure" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
It generally breaks out on the face; there is scarcely one face among a hundred, to be seen without these disfiguring marks.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
The disfiguring wrinkles that make many necks unsightly may be kept in obeyance by massaging.
"What Dress Makes of Us" by Dorothy Quigley
The wounds were now closed, but the disfiguration was permanent.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
I do not remember a death among her patients, and only two who were badly disfigured.
"The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate" by Eliza Poor Donner Houghton
Other millions were maimed, blinded, or disfigured for life.
"The World War and What was Behind It" by Louis P. Benezet

In poetry:

The green hills and shore
Be with white keeps disfigured,
And the Mote of Rathmore
Be the Saxon churl’s haggard!
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
What deep wounds ever clos'd without a scar?
The heart's bleed longest, and but heal to wear
That which disfigures it.
Childe Harold
"The Indian City" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Alas! its fragile bloom was gone,
Its gracile frame was sorely hurt,
Its silken pinions drooped forlorn,
Disfigured by the dust and dirt;
"The Butterfly" by John Lawson Stoddard
"Than ever to disfigure thus
Our prairie garden-land,
Let me consort with Cerberus,
Be chained to crags precipitous,
Or seek an alien strand."
"Improvement." by Hattie Howard
It was a dead disfigur'd fawn,
Its milk white haunch some monster tore;
It perish'd in that morning's dawn,
Nor had the sun yet dried its gore!
"The Stag" by William Hayley
Believe me, the tears by hypocrites worn
Disfigure the face, instead of adorn;
Believe me, no tear can such joy e'er impart,
As that which affection sends warm from the heart.
"The Tears Of Affection" by Elizabeth Beverley

In news:

In the Deep South at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, a horribly disfigured woman takes a bus to visit a faith healer in Oklahoma.
Most cancer patients live with disfigurement.
She was disfigured when she became the victim of a raccoon attack as an infant.
He will require months of treatment to rebuild his features and be permanently disfigured.
Sharpshooter Frederick Busch's novel chronicles the life of a disfigured Union sniper and his friendship with a famous author.
Ethan's disfigured body was found May 11, 2010, near Powder Mountain the day after Layton police received a report the boy had disappeared from the Sloops ' apartment.
Ethan's disfigured body was found May 11, 2010, near Powder Mountain the day after Layton police received a report the boy had disappeared from the Sloop 's apartment.
When the disfiguring lumps and lesions on the devils' heads first appeared, scientists thought the disease must be caused by a virus.
Even though I have had extensive reconstructive surgery, the disfigurement is still visible.
Local statue of Virgin Mary disfigured and vandalized.
It must have been hard labor for Josh Brolin to get in the makeup chair for hours to capture the disfigured look of DC Comics anti-hero Jonah Hex .
Participants of "XS" discuss Artemel's team's project — a disfigured talking toy.
The head doctor for the San Diego Chargers has been found liable for negligence and fraud in his treatment of a former patient who claimed she was disfigured as a result.
The woman horrifically mauled by a chimpanzee shared her tragic story for the first time on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Wednesday, revealing what's left of her disfigured face to viewers.
Job hunt challenges native Memphian with disfiguring disease.