Defeature

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Defeature Disfigurement; deformity. "Strange defeatures in my face."
    • Defeature Overthrow; defeat. "Nothing but loss in their defeature ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defeature Overthrow; defeat.
    • n defeature Disfigurement; disguise.
    • defeature To disfigure; deform; distort; disguise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Defeature (Spens.) defeat: disfigurement, disguise
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. desfaiture, a killing, disguising, prop., an undoing. See Defeat, and cf. Disfeature
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. defait, defaire, to undo—L. dis, neg. facĕre, to do.

Usage

In literature:

Even in death had she been defeatured!
"Osceola the Seminole" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

And, while my words are read,
Let this at least be said:
"Whate'er his life's defeatures,
He loved his fellow-creatures.
"An Autograph" by John Greenleaf Whittier