blem·​ished ˈble-misht How to pronounce blemished (audio)
: marked or spoiled by a flaw or by multiple flaws
blemished skin
a blemished fruit
a blemished reputation

Examples of blemished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Until the world contains only liberal democracies, Washington can hardly avoid seeking blemished friends. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Throop returned to his hometown in 1990 to take stock of its blemished environment. Steve Marble, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2022 More to the point, where does Ohio State belong when ranking an increasing list of blemished records? Nathan Baird, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2021 Ensuring that doesn't happen will require finding better ways to clean up blemished images — and that takes time and money. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 2 July 2020 But perhaps the bigger question is how someone with such a blemished resume got the job in the first place. Ramona Giwargis, The Mercury News, 5 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blemished was in the 15th century

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“Blemished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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