blemish

verb
blem·​ish | \ ˈble-mish How to pronounce blemish (audio) \
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 His career has been blemished by the occasional controversy, football related and otherwise, which led to his early retirement from international football. SI.com, "Franck Ribéry: The Serial Entertainer Who Was Born to Win," 3 Oct. 2019 That extra conference game is one more opportunity each team in the conference has to blemish each other’s record. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks loss to Auburn hurts brand, but doesn’t kill Pac-12 playoff hopes," 3 Sep. 2019 Two-out walks and the RBI doubles by Jean Segura that followed, in the first and sixth innings, were Lucchesi’s only blemishes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Birthday boy Hedges provides gift for Padres, a series win over Phillies," 18 Aug. 2019 The work was prompted by scenes of mold swirling in shower drains, blemishing walls and taking root in military clothing that appeared last week on a Facebook page, outraging viewers over the housing conditions at Lackland and across the Air Force. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio dorm project part of Air Force’s war on mold," 1 Aug. 2019 As a few bad losses have blemished Minnesota’s record this season — 2-1 at New England, 2-0 at Chicago and 1-0 at Colorado — the Loons kept a bad Cincinnati team down. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United offense comes alive in 7-1 thrashing of Cincinnati," 29 June 2019 Managing a secured card is traditionally a good low-risk way to build positive credit history for those with blemished or no credit, said Matt Schulz, chief industry analyst at CompareCards. Frances Yue, USA TODAY, "Amazon launches new secured credit card for those with bad or no credit," 13 June 2019 But Oregon’s day is blemished by the 4x400′s DQ, Cardama Baez’s second-place finish highlights Oregon’s day at the NCAA Championships. oregonlive.com, "Ducks reach for trophy as men’s action concludes today at the NCAA Championships: Oregon track & field rundown," 7 June 2019 Our nation’s history is blemished by racial prejudice, anti-immigration and nativism. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Actors and Entertainers," 10 Dec. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the few blemishes was skidding out of bounds on the landing of a triple-double, a skill no other female gymnast performs. James Ellingworth, baltimoresun.com, "Simone Biles wins fifth all-around title at gymnastics world championships," 10 Oct. 2019 One of the few blemishes was skidding out of bounds on the landing of a triple-double, a skill no other female gymnast performs. News Services, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Sunisa Lee places 8th in all-around at World Championships," 10 Oct. 2019 The 415-foot blast was the most glaring of the several blemishes on Eovaldi’s showing — his first start in four months — and prompted pitching coach Dana LeVangie to visit the mound. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "Nathan Eovaldi out of control in return to starting rotation," 18 Aug. 2019 The biggest blemish for the Bucks in the first half were the 14 fouls that led to 19 free throws for the Raptors. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 115, Raptors 105: Another big lead, another struggle, another win," 2 Nov. 2019 The lone blemish was a five-yard penalty, but that was offset by a 15-yard West Brook infraction for pass interference. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park upsets state-ranked Beaumont West Brook 35-27," 2 Nov. 2019 Anderson’s only blemish was a fumble on a punt return late in the second quarter that Temple (5-3, 2-2 AAC) recovered and soon afterward converted into a touchdown. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF runs over Temple during 63-21 road win," 26 Oct. 2019 The only blemish was the interception thrown in the Texas A&M end zone late in the second quarter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tagolvailoa, No. 1 Tide roll past No. 24 Texas A&M 47-28," 12 Oct. 2019 The lone blemish on Cherokee Trail’s resume is a heart-breaking overtime loss at Poudre that saw them surrender a seven-point lead late. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "8 Colorado prep football games to watch in Week 6," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

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“Blemish.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blemishes. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for blemish

blemish

verb
How to pronounce blemish (audio)

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 How to pronounce blemish (audio) \

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 How to pronounce blemish (audio) \

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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