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 For his part, Hinch defended his players' talents but acknowledged the clubhouse put itself in a position where its achievements may be blemished. Editors, USA TODAY, "New Hampshire Democratic debate, coronavirus outbreak, Astros cheating scandal: 5 things to know Friday," 7 Feb. 2020 Such a policy would ensure that individuals did not emerge from this crisis burdened with debts and blemished credit Renters need help, too. Sendhil Mullainathan, New York Times, "We All Need Small Businesses. Don’t Let Them Die.," 19 Mar. 2020 Skin lighteners generate a less painted look than skin whiteners by removing rather than concealing blemished or melanin-rich skin. Lynn M. Thomas, Quartz Africa, "There’s a complex history of skin lighteners in Africa and beyond," 9 Mar. 2020 Fort Scott takes blemished bullets from their production line and turns them into Bullet Bait, a run of handmade fishing lures. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "Weird, Off-Beat, and Cool Guns and Gear from SHOT Show 2020," 11 Feb. 2020 The incident served as the catalyst for Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s request that the then-Obama Justice Department examine the department’s blemished history of unconstitutional policing practices. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "‘This should not have happened,’ Cleveland police chief says of 13-year-old girl’s death during chase," 24 Jan. 2020 There would then still be opportunities for Ohio State, against Michigan and in the Big Ten title game, to have their record blemished and potentially help Alabama. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Who does Alabama need to lose this weekend? The fan rooting guide to Week 13," 21 Nov. 2019 The struggles of Jason Heyward (.252 OBP) and Kyle Schwarber (.304) to reach base from the top spot blemished their rebound seasons. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Should the Cubs re-sign Nicholas Castellanos? A look at the pros and cons of retaining the outfielder.," 8 Dec. 2019 Sunday's events came after a series of racist incidents that have blemished football this season. George Ramsay, CNN, "Chelsea defeats Tottenham in Premier League encounter tarnished by claims of racist abuse," 22 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Should your vial be received with blemish, well, the Fates have spoken. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, "Dr. Clifton’s Fantastical Miracle Elixir Return Policy," 19 May 2020 Our current, inclusive pop culture landscape only amplifies One Tree Hill's blemishes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "11 One Tree Hill Moments Only True Fans Will Admit Were Truly Terrible," 19 May 2020 Without all the strobes and lasers, the room shrank to the size of a dirty nightclub at last call, every blemish in plain view. Dave Grohl, The Atlantic, "The Day the Live Concert Returns," 11 May 2020 The pop-up camera gave you a front camera without any screen blemishes at all, and now OnePlus has downgraded with a pockmark in the top-left corner of the phone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 8 Pro review—The best flagship of 2020, even if it is more expensive," 14 Apr. 2020 That top-grain leather often undergoes an additional finishing process to remove any natural scars or blemishes. Popular Science, "The best, proven way to make your leather boots last," 10 Mar. 2020 That top-grain leather often undergoes an additional finishing process to remove any natural scars or blemishes. The Editors, Field & Stream, "How to Care for Leather Boots," 3 Mar. 2020 When put a Peace Out Acne Healing Dot on your pimple, salicylic acid penetrates the pores to get rid of bacteria and aloe vera reduces the blemish’s appearance. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "20 skincare products with thousands of reviews—and why they're worth it," 13 May 2020 Deer Park’s one blemish came against La Porte, while SimSterling’s one setback arrived against North Shore. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park returns from Easter break tied for first in simulated 21-6A baseball race," 13 Apr. 2020

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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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22 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blemish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blemish. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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