disfigurer, n.
/dis fig"yeuhr/; Brit. /dis fig"euhr/, v.t., 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.
[1325-75; ME disfiguren < AF, OF desfigurer, equiv. to des- DIS-1 + -figurer, v. deriv. of figure FIGURE]
Syn. 1. spoil, blemish. See mar.
Ant. 1. beautify.

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