deform

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English deformen, from Old French deformer, from Latin deformare, infinitive of deformo, from de- + formo (to form), from the noun forma (form).

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deform (third-person singular simple present deforms, present participle deforming, simple past and past participle deformed)

  1. (transitive) To change the form of, negatively.
  2. (transitive) To change the looks of, negatively; to disfigure.
    a face deformed by bitterness
  3. (transitive) To mar the character of.
    a marriage deformed by jealousy
  4. (transitive) To alter the shape of by stress.
  5. (intransitive) To become misshapen or changed in shape.

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deform (comparative more deform, superlative most deform)

  1. (obsolete) Deformed, misshapen.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.xii:
      who so kild that monster most deforme, / And him in hardy battaile ouercame, / Should haue mine onely daughter to his Dame [...].

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