verb blem·ish \ˈble-mish\

: to make (something) imperfect or less beautiful : to hurt or damage the good condition of (something)

Full Definition of BLEMISH

transitive verb
:  to spoil by a flaw

Examples of BLEMISH

  1. A series of burn marks blemish the table's surface.
  2. The incident blemished his reputation.

Origin of BLEMISH

Middle English blemisshen, to damage, injure, sully, from Anglo-French blemiss-, stem of blemir, blesmir, from Old French, literally, to make pale by wounding, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German blasros horse with a blaze, Old Norse blesi blaze — more at blaze
First Known Use: 14th century

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: a mark that makes something imperfect or less beautiful : an unwanted mark on the surface of something

: a fact or event that causes people to respect someone or something less

Full Definition of BLEMISH

:  a noticeable imperfection; especially :  one that seriously impairs appearance

Examples of BLEMISH

  1. The cream is supposed to prevent blemishes on the skin.
  2. The table had a few scratches and minor blemishes.
  3. The book fails to mention any of the organization's many blemishes.
  4. The incident was a blemish on his record.

First Known Use of BLEMISH


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noun blem·ish \ˈblem-ish\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BLEMISH

:  a mark of physical deformity or injury: as a :  any small mark on the skin (as a pimple or birthmark) <blemishes symptomatic of acne> b :  a defect of an animal (as a horse) that detracts from its appearance but does not interfere with its usefulness


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