from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being misshapen or deformed.

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

  • noun an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed


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  • By a curious paradox, however, it often happens that the headache due to eye-strain is caused not by the grosser defects, such as interfere with vision so seriously as absolutely to demand the wearing of glasses to see decently, but from slighter and more irregular degrees and kinds of misshapenness in the eye, most of which fall under the well-known heading of astigmatism.

    Preventable Diseases

  • Common reading programs are, in their inception, an attempt to make up for some of the misshapenness of American secondary education -- especially its lack of consistent focus from school to school on books that define our cultural heritage and its failure to insist on high standards. "

    Are Colleges' Summer Reading Lists TOO Left-Leaning? Report Says Yes

  • You that came to my aid with a good sword and a better courage -- unless that ye recoil from my misshapenness -- come to my heart. "

    The Black Arrow


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