disfigure


verb (used with object), dis·fig·ured, dis·fig·ur·ing.

  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.

verb (tr)

  1. to spoil the appearance or shape of; deface
  2. to mar the effect or quality of
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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