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mar

play
verb \ˈmär\

Definition of mar

marred

;

marring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 archaic a :  to inflict serious bodily harm onb :  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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1551


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mar

abbreviation

Definition of mar

  1. maritime


Mar

abbreviation

Definition of Mar

  1. March

Other Calendar Terms


MAR Defined for English Language Learners

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mar

play
verb \ˈmär\

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

play
verb \ˈmär\

Definition of mar for Students

marred

marring

  1. :  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>



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