blemish

verb
blem·​ish | \ˈble-mish \
blemished; blemishing; blemishes

Definition of blemish 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to spoil by a flaw

blemish

noun

Definition of blemish (Entry 2 of 2)

: a noticeable imperfection especially : one that seriously impairs appearance

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Examples of blemish in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

The cream is supposed to prevent blemishes on the skin. The table had a few scratches and minor blemishes. The book fails to mention any of the organization's many blemishes. The incident was a blemish on his record.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Uniform bezels surround the touchscreen, blemished only by the 2MP front-facing camera at the top bezel and the Yoga Book logo on the bottom-right corner. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Yoga Book 2018 review: The keyless keyboard returns, now in E Ink," 2 Nov. 2018 The Super Tucano has a safety record previously blemished by only two crashes since entering operation in 2003. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Air Force “light attack” test aircraft crashes on bomb range, killing pilot," 26 June 2018 This solace can come from someone else's unfiltered photo evidencing their blemished skin in its natural state, or from posting their own pictures and receiving uplifting messages of support and solidarity in the comments section. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "What the Skin-Acceptance Movement Means for People With Conditions Like Mine," 29 June 2018 Reds starter Sal Romano countered with eight innings, his evening blemished only by Hunter Dozier’s 425-foot solo home run in the fifth inning. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Royals waste Ian Kennedy's best outing of 2018 in loss to Reds," 12 June 2018 Don Christensen, a former Air Force chief prosecutor, told The Washington Post that even with no official punishment, the episode will likely permanently blemish their career. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "The Pentagon answered some questions about the Niger ambush. Many more remain.," 11 May 2018 The 27-year-old nonprofit teams up with farms to collect blemished or oddly sized produce that can not be sold — and distributes the food to local communities. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Stamp Out Hunger during national food drive May 12," 8 May 2018 Only a trip to Kansas City and Baltimore blemish a run from the first week of October through Dec. 9 where the Bengals sleep in their own beds every night. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "The best and worst of the 2018 Cincinnati Bengals regular season schedule," 19 Apr. 2018 The son of a Baptist preacher who grew up in the segregated South, Drayton said the discrimination complaint lodged against him at Rowan should not blemish his contributions to civil rights. Melanie Burney, Philly.com, "Rowan College at Burlington County President Paul Drayton stepping down, cites medical reasons," 7 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stacy Rasgon, an analyst at Bernstein Research, said the earnings miss is a blemish but likely only temporary until Nvidia gets a better handle on inventory. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Cryptocurrency Hangover Weighs on Nvidia," 15 Nov. 2018 But when Bella Thorne revealed her genius trick for highlighting her freckles to draw attention away from her blemishes, our minds were blown. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Deals with Breakouts by Highlighting Her Freckles," 19 Oct. 2018 Take into consideration its blemishes, including scratches, dents, cracks, and any other quirks that the next owner should know about. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "How to trade in your old Pixel phone," 8 Oct. 2018 During that time, his case turned into a referendum on everything from the methods employed by Froome’s outfit, Team Sky, to what constituted a blemish on cycling’s fragile image. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Chris Froome Set to Ride in Tour de France After Being Cleared of Doping Violation," 2 July 2018 Today, in her Vogue.com video guide to fresh-faced makeup, there’s not a blemish in sight. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Watch This Riverdale Star’s Guide to Glowing No-Makeup Makeup," 20 June 2018 With Confidence To treat sudden breakouts, this spot treatment from Kiehl’s (formulated with oil-absorbing ginger root, salicylic acid, and frankincense) works fast to reduce the size of a lone blemish and diminish redness overnight. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Ways to Get Rid of Acne for Good This Summer," 8 July 2018 Beyond that, there weren’t many blemishes on an entertaining win. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Haris Medunjanin, Cory Burke lead Union's 2-1 win over Red Bulls in U.S. Open Cup," 16 June 2018 For all the blemishes the offense had last season, the Rangers bashed a the third-most home runs in the majors and scored the fifth-most runs in the American League. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "This player tops the list of Rangers who must rebound in 2018," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of blemish

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1535, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blemish

Verb

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

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blemish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blemish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

blemish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blemish (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

blemish

noun
blem·​ish | \ˈblem-ish \

Kids Definition of blemish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mark that makes something imperfect : an unwanted mark on a surface

blemish

verb
blemished; blemishing

Kids Definition of blemish (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spoil by or as if by an ugly mark A scratch blemished the table. The loss blemished their record.

blemish

noun
blem·​ish | \ˈblem-ish \

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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