defeature
noun Etymology: probably from de- + feature Date: 1590 1. archaic disfigurement 2. archaic defeat

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  • Defeature — De*fea ture (?; 135), n. [OF. desfaiture a killing, disguising, prop., an undoing. See {Defeat}, and cf. {Disfeature}.] 1. Overthrow; defeat. [Obs.] Nothing but loss in their defeature. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. Disfigurement; deformity. [Obs …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defeature — [dē fē′chər] n. [altered (after DE & FEATURE) < ME defaitor < OFr desfaiture < desfaire: see DEFEAT] 1. Archaic disfigurement 2. Obs. defeat …   English World dictionary

  • defeature — defeature1 /di fee cheuhr/, n. Archaic. disfigurement. [1580 90; DE + FEATURE] defeature2 /di fee cheuhr/, n. Obs. defeat; ruin. [1580 90; DEFEAT + URE] * * * …   Universalium

  • defeature — noun /dɪˈfiːtjʊə(ɹ)/ a) defeat, overthrow, ruin What ruins are in me that can be found, / By him not ruind? then is he the ground / of my defeatures. b) disfigurement, defacing …   Wiktionary

  • defeature — v. disfigure …   English contemporary dictionary

  • defeature — de·fea·ture …   English syllables

  • defeature — I. də̇, dē+ noun ( s) Etymology: in sense 1, probably from de + feature; in sense 2, from defeat (I) + ure 1. archaic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Disfeature — Dis*fea ture (?; 135), v. t. [Cf. {Defeature}.] To deprive of features; to mar the features of. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defeat — 1. verb /dɪˈfiːt/ a) To overcome in battle or contest b) To destroy, ruin, undo, lay waste to Syn …   Wiktionary

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