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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being deformed.
  • n. Something which is deformed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Physical malformation or distortion; disproportion or unnatural development of a part or parts.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen
  • n. an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed

Etymologies

From Latin dēfōrmitās ("deformity, ugliness"), from dēfōrmis ("deformed, ugly") + -itās, from + fōrma ("shape, form"). (Wiktionary)

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