American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state of being deformed.
- n. A bodily malformation, distortion, or disfigurement.
- n. A deformed person or thing.
- n. Gross ugliness or distortion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Physical malformation or distortion; disproportion or unnatural development of a part or parts. The commonest external deformities of the person are humpback, clubfoot, inequality of limbs, harelip, and squinting.
- n. Lack of that which constitutes, or the presence of that which destroys, beauty, grace, or propriety; irregularity; absurdity; gross deviation from established rules: as, deformity in an edifice; deformity of character.
- n. Lack of uniformity or conformity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of being deformed; want of proper form or symmetry; any unnatural form or shape; distortion; irregularity of shape or features; ugliness.
- n. Anything that destroys beauty, grace, or propriety; irregularity; absurdity; gross deviation from order or the established laws of propriety
- n. an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen
- n. an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed
- From Latin dēfōrmitās ("deformity, ugliness"), from dēfōrmis ("deformed, ugly") + -itās, from dē + fōrma ("shape, form"). (Wiktionary)
“Shakespeare, whose mind was more intent upon notions than words, had in his thoughts the pulchritude of virtue, and the deformity of wickedness; and though he had mentioned _wickedness_, made the correlative answer to _deformity_.”
“The special meaning here attached to the term deformity is sufficiently explained in the preceding paragraph; it remains to give a few illustrations, and to refer to other headings, such as Heterotaxy,”
“To claim that removal of deformity is purely cosmetic is not only obviously preposterous, but it is ultimately a more expensive tab for the short sighted insurance industry to deny coverage.”
“I do break my promise; never will I create another like yourself, equal in deformity and wickedness.”
“They are allowed to lie in this hard cradle, always in the same position, flattening the back of their little heads till the deformity is quite pronounced and lifelong.”
“Constrained, therefore, to behold objects in their more genuine hues, their deformity is by degrees less painful to us.”
“My mother, who didn't have as much to deal with as you do, nonetheless had what is politely called a "deformity"--and in certain closed-in spaces like elevators got the same treatment.”
“Lene Andersen at The Seated View thinks about self-image versus objectivity and the words -- like "deformity" -- that can cut.”
“KING: But they don't react to what might be called a deformity?”
“Prompt diagnosis and treatment of sport-related injury are important to prevent long-term deformity and disability, "said Jordan Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery.”
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