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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)

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In the former, a husband usually perceives the wife to be cheating on him and disfigures her with acid, while in the latter, a man disfigures a woman because either she does not entertain his advances of marriage or other overtures, or he perceives that the woman is of 'loose character' and is 'contaminating' society.
"Father O'Murchu also disfigures the sense and significance of the religious vows of poverty, obedience and chastity.
The court ruled that "state health insurance only has to pay for hair replacement when a bald head disfigures a person so severely that they would be ostracized from public life," adding, "that is not the case with men." The judge had better hope that Sinead O'Connor does not hear him call her disfigured.