Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state of being deformed.
  • noun A bodily malformation, distortion, or disfigurement.
  • noun A deformed person or thing.
  • noun Gross ugliness or distortion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Physical malformation or distortion; disproportion or unnatural development of a part or parts.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Lack of uniformity or conformity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being deformed; want of proper form or symmetry; any unnatural form or shape; distortion; irregularity of shape or features; ugliness.
  • noun Anything that destroys beauty, grace, or propriety; irregularity; absurdity; gross deviation from order or the established laws of propriety

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

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