verb (used with object), dis·fig·ured, dis·fig·ur·ing.
- to mar the appearance or beauty of; deform; deface: Our old towns are increasingly disfigured by tasteless new buildings.
- to mar the effect or excellence of: His reputation was disfigured by instances of political favoritism.
- to spoil the appearance or shape of; deface
- to mar the effect or quality of
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.