deformity


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Related to deformity: gibbus deformity, Haglund's deformity, Madelung deformity, Sprengel's deformity

deformity

Pathol an acquired or congenital distortion of an organ or part

Deformity

See also Lameness.
Calmady, Sir Richard
born without lower legs. [Br. Lit.: Sir Richard Calmady, Walsh Modern, 84]
Carey, Philip
embittered young man with club foot seeks fulfillment. [Br. Lit.: Of Human Bondage]
Cyclopes
one-eyed monsters. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Elephant Man, the
Joseph Merrick, whose deformed face was said to resemble an elephant’s. [Br. Cinema: The Elephant Man]
Freaks
1930s macabre movie about sideshow people. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 278]
Gwynplaine
his disfigured face had a perpetual horrible grin. [Fr. Lit.: Hugo The Man Who Laughs in Benét, 632]
Mayeux
deformed man, both brave and witty. [Fr. Folklore: Wheeler Dictionary, 237]
Priapus
son of Aphrodite and Dionysus; grotesque man with huge phallus. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 233]
Quasimodo
hunchbacked bell-ringer. [Fr. Lit.: Hunchback of Notre Dame]
Richard III
crook-back king. [Br. Lit.: Shakespeare Richard III]
Sarn, Prudence
harelipped girl is servant on brother’s farm. [Br. Lit.: Precious Bane, Magill I, 778–780]
thalidomide
supposedly harmless sedative resulted in disfigured babies. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 582–583]
Thersites
deformed Greek officer at the siege of Troy, famed for his malevolence. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad]
Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de
(1864–1901) crippled and stunted; became great artist. [Fr. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 13]
References in classic literature ?
No slave is permitted to bestow this enviable deformity upon his child; all the slaves, therefore, are roundheads.
It was given to me by my father, in allusion to the deformity which you all see--the deformity with which it was my misfortune to be born.
At his lower extremities, he exhibited the deformity which is popularly known as "a club-foot.
A nervous uncertainty in the eye on the same side narrowly escaped presenting the deformity of a "cast.
Square held human nature to be the perfection of all virtue, and that vice was a deviation from our nature, in the same manner as deformity of body is.
I improved, however, sensibly in this science, but not sufficiently to follow up any kind of conversation, although I applied my whole mind to the endeavour, for I easily perceived that, although I eagerly longed to discover myself to the cottagers, I ought not to make the attempt until I had first become master of their language, which knowledge might enable me to make them overlook the deformity of my figure, for with this also the contrast perpetually presented to my eyes had made me acquainted.
I did not yet entirely know the fatal effects of this miserable deformity.
A touch from such a finger would destroy the mocking deformity of a monkey
That as my sister-in-law at Colchester had said, beauty, wit, manners, sense, good humour, good behaviour, education, virtue, piety, or any other qualification, whether of body or mind, had no power to recommend; that money only made a woman agreeable; that men chose mistresses indeed by the gust of their affection, and it was requisite to a whore to be handsome, well-shaped, have a good mien and a graceful behaviour; but that for a wife, no deformity would shock the fancy, no ill qualities the judgment; the money was the thing; the portion was neither crooked nor monstrous, but the money was always agreeable, whatever the wife was.
She is always married too soon who gets a bad husband, and she is never married too late who gets a good one; in a word, there is no woman, deformity or lost reputation excepted, but if she manages well, may be married safely one time or other; but if she precipitates herself, it is ten thousand to one but she is undone.
He thought, or rather felt, that Tom had an aversion to looking at him; every one, almost, disliked looking at him; and his deformity was more conspicuous when he walked.
An anatomist--even a mere physiognomist-- would have seen that the deformity of Philip's spine was not a congenital hump, but the result of an accident in infancy; but you do not expect from Tom any acquaintance with such distinctions; to him, Philip was simply a humpback.