Deformity
Deformity De*form"i*ty, n.; pl. {Deformities}. [L. deformitas, fr. deformis: cf. OF. deformet['e], deformit['e], F. difformit['e]. See {Deform}, v. & a., and cf. {Disformity}.] 1. The state of being deformed; want of proper form or symmetry; any unnatural form or shape; distortion; irregularity of shape or features; ugliness. [1913 Webster]

To make an envious mountain on my back, Where sits deformity to mock my body. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything that destroys beauty, grace, or propriety; irregularity; absurdity; gross deviation from order or the established laws of propriety; as, deformity in an edifice; deformity of character. [1913 Webster]

Confounded, that her Maker's eyes Should look so near upon her foul deformities. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • deformity — early 15c., diformyte, from O.Fr. deformité deformity, disfigurement, from L. deformitatem (nom. deformitas) ugliness, from deformis misformed, misshapen, from deformare (see DEFORM (Cf. deform)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • deformity — deformity. = malformation (см.). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • deformity — deformity. См. тератоморфа. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • deformity — index defacement, defect, distortion, flaw Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • deformity — [n] disfigurement, distortion aberration, abnormality, asymmetry, buckle, contortion, corruption, crookedness, damage, defacement, defect, depravity, evil, grossness, hideousness, impairment, injury, irregularity, knot, malconformation,… …   New thesaurus

  • deformity — ► NOUN (pl. deformities) 1) a deformed part, especially of the body. 2) the state of being deformed …   English terms dictionary

  • deformity — [dē fôr′mə tē, difôr′mə tē] n. pl. deformities [ME deformite < OFr deformité < L deformitas < deformis, misshapen < de , from + forma, FORM] 1. the condition of being deformed 2. a) abnormal bodily formation b) a deformed or… …   English World dictionary

  • Deformity — A deformed sucker cluster on an arm of an octopus A deformity, dysmorphism, or dysmorphic feature is a major difference in the shape of body part or organ compared to the average shape of that part. Deformity may arise from numerous causes: A… …   Wikipedia

  • deformity — [[t]dɪfɔ͟ː(r)mɪti[/t]] deformities 1) N COUNT A deformity is a part of someone s body which is not the normal shape because of injury or illness, or because they were born this way. ...facial deformities in babies. 2) N UNCOUNT Deformity is the… …   English dictionary

  • deformity — UK [dɪˈfɔː(r)mətɪ] / US [dɪˈfɔrmətɪ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms deformity : singular deformity plural deformities a part of someone s body that is not the usual shape …   English dictionary

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