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blemish

verb blem·ish \ ˈble-mish \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of blemish

transitive verb
: to spoil by a flaw

Examples of blemish in a Sentence

  1. A series of burn marks blemish the table's surface.

  2. The incident blemished his reputation.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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blemish

noun

Definition of blemish

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

Examples of blemish in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of blemish

1535


BLEMISH Defined for English Language Learners

blemish

verb

Definition of blemish for English Language Learners

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


blemish

noun

Definition of blemish for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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blemish

noun blem·ish \ ˈblem-ish \

Definition of blemish for Students

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

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blemish

verb

Definition of blemish for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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