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1mar

verb \ˈmär\

: to ruin the beauty or perfection of (something) : to hurt or damage the good condition of (something)

marredmar·ring

Full Definition of MAR

transitive verb
1
:  to detract from the perfection or wholeness of :  spoil
2
archaic
a :  to inflict serious bodily harm on
b :  destroy

Examples of MAR

  1. A large scar marred his face.
  2. Her acting mars an otherwise great movie.

Origin of MAR

Middle English marren, from Old English mierran to obstruct, waste; akin to Old High German merren to obstruct
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of MAR

injure, harm, hurt, damage, impair, mar mean to affect injuriously. injure implies the inflicting of anything detrimental to one's looks, comfort, health, or success <badly injured in an accident>. harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss <careful not to harm the animals>. hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings <hurt by their callous remarks>. damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness <a table damaged in shipping>. impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution <years of smoking had impaired his health>. mar applies to injury that spoils perfection (as of a surface) or causes disfigurement <the text is marred by many typos>.

Rhymes with MAR

2mar

noun

Definition of MAR

:  something that mars :  blemish

Examples of MAR

  1. <the Johnsons complained to the movers about broken dishes and mars on the furniture>

First Known Use of MAR

1551

3mar

abbreviation

Definition of MAR

maritime

Mar

abbreviation

Definition of MAR

March

Other Calendar Terms

antedate, estival, gloaming, luster, sesquicentennial
MARRED Defined for Kids

mar

verb \ˈmär\
marredmar·ring

Definition of MAR for Kids

:  to ruin the beauty or perfection of :  spoil <… Little Man never allowed dirt or tears or stains to mar anything he owned. — Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder>

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