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tr.v. dis·fig·ured, dis·fig·ur·ing, dis·fig·ures
To mar or spoil the appearance or shape of; deform.

[Middle English disfiguren, from Old French desfigurer : des-, dis- + figure, figure (from Latin figūra, shape; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots).]

dis·fig′u·ra′tion, dis·fig′ure·ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disfiguration - an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen; "there were distinguishing disfigurements on the suspect's back"; "suffering from facial disfiguration"
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
2.disfiguration - the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something; "the defacement of an Italian mosaic during the Turkish invasion"; "he objected to the dam's massive disfigurement of the landscape"
scathe, damage, harm, hurt - the act of damaging something or someone


n. desfiguración, desfiguramiento.
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The wide-open blue eyes looked up at Godfrey's without any uneasiness or sign of recognition: the child could make no visible audible claim on its father; and the father felt a strange mixture of feelings, a conflict of regret and joy, that the pulse of that little heart had no response for the half-jealous yearning in his own, when the blue eyes turned away from him slowly, and fixed themselves on the weaver's queer face, which was bent low down to look at them, while the small hand began to pull Marner's withered cheek with loving disfiguration.
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She was waiting for someone to save her from the effects of this disfiguration, to bring resurrect the parts of the story that had died, shattered and drowned in the fog of forgetfulness.
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Reda's face and head were severely burned, leaving her with permanent disfiguration and social rejection by her peers.
Lawlor and Kerridge [3] explain that unlike solid organs, eyes are external and visible and that this might explain the fears of disfiguration by people when imagining their absence.
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1) Finally, in writing of the scandalous disfiguration of various religious images in Rome, he declares: "calamitoso siglo es este" (3).
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