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deformed

[dih-fawrmd] /dɪˈfɔrmd/
adjective
1.
having the form changed, especially with loss of beauty; misshapen; disfigured:
After the accident his arm was permanently deformed.
2.
hateful; offensive:
a deformed personality.
Origin of deformed
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see deform1, -ed2
Related forms
deformedly
[dih-fawr-mid-lee] /dɪˈfɔr mɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
deformedness, noun
nondeformed, adjective
undeformed, adjective
Synonyms
1. malformed, crippled.

deform1

[dih-fawrm] /dɪˈfɔrm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to mar the natural form or shape of; put out of shape; disfigure:
In cases where the drug was taken during pregnancy, its effects deformed the infants.
2.
to make ugly, ungraceful, or displeasing; mar the beauty of; spoil:
The trees had been completely deformed by the force of the wind.
3.
to change the form of; transform.
4.
Geology, Mechanics. to subject to deformation:
The metal was deformed under stress.
verb (used without object)
5.
to undergo deformation.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English deformen < Latin dēfōrmāre, equivalent to dē- de- + fōrmāre to form
Related forms
deformable, adjective
deformability, noun
deformative, adjective
deformer, noun
undeformable, adjective
Synonyms
1. misshape. See mar. 2. ruin.
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Examples from the Web for deformed
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  • Rogers is ready, strapped and great-coated, with a flaming eye in the middle of his waist, like a deformed Cyclops.

    Reprinted Pieces Charles Dickens
  • The nose was but a gaping orifice above a deformed and twisted mouth.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Scarce, however, had he mastered the alphabet, until the faculties of the deformed began to expand.

  • Can they give beauty to the deformed, strength to the weak, or health to the infirm?

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • I will not say the clown was ugly in visage or deformed in person; but he was a slouch from head to foot.

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. I (of 2) Robert Montgomery Bird
British Dictionary definitions for deformed

deformed

/dɪˈfɔːmd/
adjective
1.
disfigured or misshapen
2.
morally perverted; warped
Derived Forms
deformedly (dɪˈfɔːmɪdlɪ) adverb
deformedness, noun

deform

/dɪˈfɔːm/
verb
1.
to make or become misshapen or distorted
2.
(transitive) to mar the beauty of; disfigure
3.
(transitive) to subject or be subjected to a stress that causes a change of dimensions
Derived Forms
deformable, adjective
deformability, noun
deformer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēformāre, from de- + forma shape, beauty
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Word Origin and History for deformed

deform

v.

c.1400, "to disfigure," from Old French deformer (13c.), from Latin deformare "put out of shape, disfigure," from de- (see de-) + formare (see form (v.)). Related: Deformed; deforming.

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deformed in Medicine

deformed de·formed (dĭ-fôrd')
adj.
Distorted in form.

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