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mar

verb \ ˈmär \

Definition of mar

marred; marring
transitive verb
1 : to ruin or diminish the perfection or wholeness of : spoil
  • whose life has been marred by problems with drugs
  • —William Plummer
  • their relations were marred by disgraceful conflicts
  • —L. W. Beck
  • the race was marred by a 23-car pileup
  • —Mike Harris
2 archaic
a : to inflict serious bodily harm on
b : destroy

Examples of mar in a Sentence

  1. A large scar marred his face.

  2. Her acting mars an otherwise great movie.

Origin and Etymology of mar

Middle English marren, from Old English mierran to obstruct, waste; akin to Old High German merren to obstruct

Synonym Discussion of mar

injure, harm, hurt, damage, impair, mar mean to affect injuriously. injure implies the inflicting of anything detrimental to one's looks, comfort, health, or success.
    • badly injured in an accident
harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss.
    • careful not to harm the animals
hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings.
    • hurt by their callous remarks
damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness.
    • a table damaged in shipping
impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution.
    • years of smoking had impaired his health
mar applies to injury that spoils perfection (as of a surface) or causes disfigurement.
    • the text is marred by many typos

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mar

noun

Definition of mar

: something that mars : blemish

Examples of mar in a Sentence

  1. the Johnsons complained to the movers about broken dishes and mars on the furniture

Origin and Etymology of mar

see 1mar

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mar

abbreviation

Definition of mar

maritime

Mar

abbreviation

Definition of Mar

March

Other Calendar Terms


MAR Defined for English Language Learners

mar

verb

Definition of mar for English Language Learners

  • : to ruin the beauty or perfection of (something) : to hurt or damage the good condition of (something)


MAR Defined for Kids

mar

verb \ ˈmär \

Definition of mar for Students

marred; marring
: to ruin the beauty or perfection of : spoil
  • … Little Man never allowed dirt or tears or stains to mar anything he owned.
  • —Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder

Mar.

abbreviation

Definition of Mar. for Students

March


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