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168. Deformity (See also Lameness.)

  1. Calmady, Sir Richard born without lower legs. [Br. Lit.: Sir Richard Calmady, Walsh Modern, 84]
  2. Carey, Philip embittered young man with club foot seeks fulfillment. [Br. Lit.: Of Human Bondage ]
  3. Cyclopes one-eyed monsters. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey ]
  4. Elephant Man, the Joseph Merrick, whose deformed face was said to resemble an elephants. [Br. Cinema: The Elephant Man ]
  5. Freaks 1930s macabre movie about sideshow people. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 278]
  6. Gwynplaine his disfigured face had a perpetual horrible grin. [Fr. Lit.: Hugo The Man Who Laughs in Benét, 632]
  7. Mayeux deformed man, both brave and witty. [Fr. Folklore: Wheeler Dictionary, 237]
  8. Priapus son of Aphrodite and Dionysus; grotesque man with huge phallus. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 233]
  9. Quasimodo hunchbacked bell-ringer. [Fr. Lit.: Hunchback of Notre Dame ]
  10. Richard III crook-back king. [Br. Lit.: Shakespeare Richard III ]
  11. Sarn, Prudence harelipped girl is servant on brothers farm. [Br. Lit.: Precious Bane, Magill I, 778780]
  12. thalidomide supposedly harmless sedative resulted in disfigured babies. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 582583]
  13. Thersites deformed Greek officer at the siege of Troy, famed for his malevolence. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad ]
  14. Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de (18641901) crippled and stunted; became great artist. [Fr. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 13]


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de·form·i·ty / diˈfôrmitē/ • n. (pl. -ties) a deformed part, esp. of the body; a malformation: children born with deformities. ∎  the state of being deformed or misshapen: respiratory problems caused by spinal deformity.