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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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British Dictionary definitions for dis figure

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 dis figure

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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