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disfigure

[dis-fig-yer; British dis-fig-er] /dɪsˈfɪg yər; British dɪsˈfɪg ər/
verb (used with object), disfigured, disfiguring.
1.
to mar the appearance or beauty of; deform; deface:
Our old towns are increasingly disfigured by tasteless new buildings.
2.
to mar the effect or excellence of:
His reputation was disfigured by instances of political favoritism.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English disfiguren < Anglo-French, Old French desfigurer, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -figurer, verbal derivative of figure figure
Related forms
disfigurer, noun
undisfigured, adjective
Synonyms
1. spoil, blemish. See mar.
Antonyms
1. beautify.
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  • Donation does not disfigure the body and will not change its appearance in a casket.
  • Severe infestation may distort and disfigure foliage.
  • In general, the autopsy will not disfigure the body and it will be perfectly suitable for funeral viewing.
  • Chlorotic spots disfigure fruit and lesions may cause tree dieback.
  • Anthracnose diseases can also disfigure trees when infected twigs and branches die.
  • They disfigure landscape and make land unfit for growing crops.
  • Although inexpensive methods of marking, both punching and perforating damage and disfigure materials.
  • Some of these agents are intentional, such as criminals who steal or disfigure objects.
  • They disfigure landscape and make the land unfit for growing crops.
  • These diseases rarely are fatal but often disfigure or cripple affected persons by invading their skin, bones, and cartilage.
British Dictionary definitions for disfigure

disfigure

/dɪsˈfɪɡə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to spoil the appearance or shape of; deface
2.
to mar the effect or quality of
Derived Forms
disfigurer, noun
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Word Origin and History for disfigure
v.

late 14c., from Old French desfigurer "disfigure, alter, disguise, destroy," from Medieval Latin diffigurare, from Latin dis- (see dis-) + figura "figure," from figurare "to figure" (see figure (n.)). Related: Disfigured; disfiguring.

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