Synonyms & Antonyms of mar

(Entry 1 of 2)

something that spoils the appearance or completeness of a thing
  • the Johnsons complained to the movers about broken dishes and mars on the furniture

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Synonyms & Antonyms of mar (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable
  • mar a politician's reputation with scurrilous rumors

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How is the word mar distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of mar are damage, harm, hurt, impair, and injure. While all these words mean "to affect injuriously," mar applies to injury that spoils perfection (as of a surface) or causes disfigurement.

the text is marred by many typos

When is it sensible to use damage instead of mar?

While in some cases nearly identical to mar, damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness.

a table damaged in shipping

When might harm be a better fit than mar?

The words harm and mar can be used in similar contexts, but harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss.

careful not to harm the animals

When is hurt a more appropriate choice than mar?

In some situations, the words hurt and mar are roughly equivalent. However, hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings.

hurt by their callous remarks

When can impair be used instead of mar?

The words impair and mar are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution.

years of smoking had impaired his health

In what contexts can injure take the place of mar?

The meanings of injure and mar largely overlap; however, injure implies the inflicting of anything detrimental to one's looks, comfort, health, or success.

badly injured in an accident

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The first known use of mar was before the 12th century

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“Mar.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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