Definition of disfigure in US English:



[with object]
  • Spoil the attractiveness of.

    ‘litter disfigures the countryside’
    • ‘Severe inflammatory acne can cause disfiguring cysts and deep scars.’
    • ‘Later I was charged for ‘wounding with intent to maim and disfigure a person’ and bail was set at one thousand dollars.’
    • ‘Graffiti disfiguring our public and private buildings is a scourge of modern society.’
    • ‘Their fighter's brutally disfigured foot cancels any hopes of victory.’
    • ‘I am not surprised the misguided people behind the ‘traffic calming scheme’ that now disfigures our village have so far failed to defend their work.’
    • ‘The director said that the casual attitude of visitors had already cost the garden a lot of damage. " Many indulge in disfiguring trees and even steal precious plants.’
    • ‘They are a blight on many city centres and disfigure urban life to an intolerable degree.’
    • ‘And most residents are implacably opposed to the plan to disfigure our countryside with an immense powerline merely to satiate the electricity needs of the south of England.’
    • ‘This scar is not the only one that increasingly disfigures the landscape.’
    • ‘Those children who did survive suffered from disfiguring deformities.’
    • ‘Even if he lived his injuries would leave deep scars, disfiguring him.’
    • ‘It has affected the whole area, disfiguring the whole neighbourhood.’
    • ‘She was told she would need radical and disfiguring surgery and was warned she might not be able to eat and talk properly again.’
    • ‘Our countryside remains disfigured by barbed wire, locked gates and threatening signs.’
    • ‘Rolando brushed the back of his hand across his upper lip where the scar disfigured his face.’
    • ‘We'll see if any horribly disfiguring scars turn up later.’
    • ‘These humps can cause damage to the suspension and underside of cars driving legally at 30 mph or under, as well as disfiguring an attractive road.’
    • ‘I cannot see how disfiguring the building to make yet another hotel or gym would be of any major benefit to the town.’
    • ‘Karen suffered facial and hand injuries, a broken leg and a ruptured bladder, and is likely to be permanently disfigured.’
    • ‘The roadside can be beautiful with the fresh green of the grass, until it is disfigured by some vandals as they pass.’
    mar, spoil, deface, make ugly, make unattractive, impair, scar, blemish, flaw
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Late Middle English: from Old French desfigurer, based on Latin figura ‘figure’.