Definition of disfigure in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Spoil the attractiveness of.

    ‘litter disfigures the countryside’
    • ‘We'll see if any horribly disfiguring scars turn up later.’
    • ‘Those children who did survive suffered from disfiguring deformities.’
    • ‘The roadside can be beautiful with the fresh green of the grass, until it is disfigured by some vandals as they pass.’
    • ‘Rolando brushed the back of his hand across his upper lip where the scar disfigured his face.’
    • ‘And most residents are implacably opposed to the plan to disfigure our countryside with an immense powerline merely to satiate the electricity needs of the south of England.’
    • ‘Later I was charged for ‘wounding with intent to maim and disfigure a person’ and bail was set at one thousand dollars.’
    • ‘Severe inflammatory acne can cause disfiguring cysts and deep scars.’
    • ‘Even if he lived his injuries would leave deep scars, disfiguring him.’
    • ‘Our countryside remains disfigured by barbed wire, locked gates and threatening signs.’
    • ‘The director said that the casual attitude of visitors had already cost the garden a lot of damage. " Many indulge in disfiguring trees and even steal precious plants.’
    • ‘This scar is not the only one that increasingly disfigures the landscape.’
    • ‘They are a blight on many city centres and disfigure urban life to an intolerable degree.’
    • ‘These humps can cause damage to the suspension and underside of cars driving legally at 30 mph or under, as well as disfiguring an attractive road.’
    • ‘It has affected the whole area, disfiguring the whole neighbourhood.’
    • ‘She was told she would need radical and disfiguring surgery and was warned she might not be able to eat and talk properly again.’
    • ‘I cannot see how disfiguring the building to make yet another hotel or gym would be of any major benefit to the town.’
    • ‘Graffiti disfiguring our public and private buildings is a scourge of modern society.’
    • ‘I am not surprised the misguided people behind the ‘traffic calming scheme’ that now disfigures our village have so far failed to defend their work.’
    • ‘Karen suffered facial and hand injuries, a broken leg and a ruptured bladder, and is likely to be permanently disfigured.’
    • ‘Their fighter's brutally disfigured foot cancels any hopes of victory.’
    mar, spoil, deface, make ugly, make unattractive, impair, scar, blemish, flaw
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/disˈfiɡyər/ /dɪsˈfɪɡjər/


Late Middle English from Old French desfigurer, based on Latin figura ‘figure’.