disfigure

[dis-fig-yer; British dis-fig-er]
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:
1325–75; Middle English disfiguren < Anglo-French, Old French desfigurer, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -figurer, verbal derivative of figure figure

disfigurer, noun
undisfigured, adjective


1. spoil, blemish. See mar.


1. beautify.
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disfigure (dɪsˈfɪɡə)
 
vb
1.  to spoil the appearance or shape of; deface
2.  to mar the effect or quality of
 
dis'figurer
 
n

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disfigure
late 14c., from O.Fr. desfigurer, from M.L. diffigurare, from L. dis- (see dis-) + figura "figure," from figurare "to figure" (see figure). Related: Disfigured; disfigurement.
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Example sentences
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.
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