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disfigure

v. to cause permanent change in a person's body, particularly by leaving visible scars which affect a person's appearance. In lawsuits or claims due to injuries caused by another's negligence or intentional actions, such scarring can add considerably to general damages. (See: damages, general damages)

See: damage, deface, harm, impair, mutilate, spoil
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Very many defects have been corrected by the various editions of the Hymns, but a considerable number still defy all efforts; and especially an abnormal number of undoubted lacuna disfigure the text.
Whatever opinions any of the writers may express, whatever peculiarities of treatment may mark, and perhaps in a literary sense, disfigure the narratives which I am now collecting, not a line will be tampered with anywhere, from first to last.
Ye who have eyes and see not, and have ears and hear not; ye who are as the hypocrites of sad countenances, and disfigure your faces that ye may seem unto men to fast; learn healthy cheerfulness, and mild contentment, from the deaf, and dumb, and blind
Then he described the oath which every member of that small remnant of a noble body took, and which was of a dreadful and impressive kind; binding him, at the bidding of his chief, to resist and obstruct the Lord Mayor, sword-bearer, and chaplain; to despise the authority of the sheriffs; and to hold the court of aldermen as nought; but not on any account, in case the fulness of time should bring a general rising of 'prentices, to damage or in any way disfigure Temple Bar, which was strictly constitutional and always to be approached with reverence.
He had paid Jason Harrison, 27, PS500 to disfigure Adele near her home in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Konye, of Canning Town, denied throwing or casting a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm.
Yes, slugs and snails do disfigure plants by scraping away plant tissue with their rasping mouths.
The blackheads must not be allowed to disfigure our most beautiful and famous asset.
With new preoccupations that seek to disfigure the prism, undo formalities and make buildings disappear, built on a thorough understanding of his home city where the majority of his work has been carried out, no longer does the rotundity of the object prevail.
Black scars disfigure / the ruddy cheeks of new mornings in Dixie / (lynched black men hanging from green trees)/Blind justice kicked, beaten, taken for a ride / and left for dead.
In cutting up all manner of small Birds, it is proper to say, Thigh them; as thigh that Woodcock, thigh that Pidgeon; but as to others say; Mince that Plover, Wing that Quail, and Wing that Partridg, Allay that Pheasant, Untach that Curlew, Unjoint that Bittern, Disfigure that Peacock, Display that Crane, Dismember that Hern, Unbrace that Mallard, Frust that chicken, Spoil that Hen, Sauce that Capon, Lift that Swan, Rear that Goose, Tire that Egg.
Valerie Callanan from the University of Akron and Mark Davis from the Criminal Justice Research Centre at the Ohio State University, USA, show that there are marked gender differences in the use of suicide methods that disfigure the face or head.