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blemish

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verb blem·ish \ˈble-mish\

Simple Definition of blemish

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

Full Definition of blemish

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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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blemish

noun blem·ish

Simple Definition of blemish

  • : 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

  1. :  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.



1535

First Known Use of blemish

1535


Medical Dictionary

blemish

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noun blem·ish \ˈblem-ish\

Medical Definition of blemish

  1. :  a mark of physical deformity or injury: asa:  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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