verb (used with object)
to destroy or diminish the perfection of: The book is blemished by those long, ineffective descriptions.
a mark that detracts from appearance, as a pimple or a scar.
a defect or flaw; stain; blight: a blemish on his record.

1275–1325; Middle English (v.) < Anglo-French, Middle French blemiss-, long stem of ble(s)mir to make livid, perhaps < Old Low Franconian *blesmjan; see blaze2

blemisher, noun
unblemished, adjective
unblemishing, adjective

1. stain, sully, spot, tarnish, taint; injure, mar, damage, impair, deface. 3. blot, spot, speck, taint. See defect.

1. purify, repair. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
blemish (ˈblɛmɪʃ)
1.  a defect; flaw; stain
2.  (tr) to flaw the perfection of; spoil; tarnish
[C14: from Old French blemir to make pale, probably of Germanic origin]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. blemiss- "to turn pale," extended stem of blemir, blesmir "to make pale; stain, discolor," also "to injure" (13c., Mod.Fr. blêmir), probably from Frankish *blesmjan "to cause to turn pale," from P.Gmc. *blas "shining, white," from PIE base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn"
(see bleach). The noun is first recorded 1520s.
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Medical Dictionary

blemish blem·ish (blěm'ĭsh)
A small circumscribed alteration of the skin considered to be unesthetic but insignificant.

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Bible Dictionary

Blemish definition

imperfection or bodily deformity excluding men from the priesthood, and rendering animals unfit to be offered in sacrifice (Lev. 21:17-23; 22:19-25). The Christian church, as justified in Christ, is "without blemish" (Eph. 5:27). Christ offered himself a sacrifice "without blemish," acceptable to God (1 Pet. 1:19).

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Example sentences
No one construction is a blemish merely because it is a construction.
They caught the soft fruit in their home-made catcher and it suffered nary a
And, you know, better a blemish on a helmet than one on your head.
Often a button will scratch its way along a fender or the slipping of a
  screwdriver will leave an unsightly blemish.
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