: having or marked by a scar or many scars
a scarred finger/face
an old, badly scarred piece of furniture
The old tile on the walls is cracked and grimy; the wooden floor is scarred; pipes and wires look slapdash and dangerous.Thomas Matthews
At night, when candlelight softens their scarred and weathered faces, the hard men of the French Foreign Legion begin to sing.Geraldine Brooks
The plains of western Wyoming are today a scarred moonscape of gray hills, but 50 million years ago they were mostly swampland, lush with exotic life.Natalie Angier
The impression left by her study is that it indeed took fortitude on the part of these authors to channel resentment into creation, to make beautiful texts out of scarred lives.Lois E. Nesbitt

Examples of scarred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cirrhosis is a condition where the liver is scarred and permanently damaged, according to the National Institutes of Health. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 According to doctors, Heather’s liver was severely scarred. Kunle Falayi, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2024 The vibrancy of Cranach’s original oil colors was exposed, together with scarred areas of paint loss. Christopher Knight, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024 The study is about an experimental drug for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a devastating condition in which the lungs become scarred, making breathing more difficult. Bydiane Brady, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2024 Iran is still scarred by the fallout of a historic protest movement that followed the September 2022 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old student, who was in the custody of the morality police for improperly wearing a hijab. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2024 Many homebuilders were scarred by the Great Recession, when a glut of homes on the market crashed prices. Matt Egan, CNN, 2 Mar. 2024 My studio system experience left me a little scarred. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Jan. 2024 An investigation by the state OSHA, which Bloomberg Businessweek has obtained via a freedom of information request, describes workers being scarred permanently on their arms and legs. Andy Kalmowitz / Jalopnik, Quartz, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Scarred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scarred. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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