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blemish

[blem-ish] /ˈblɛm ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to destroy or diminish the perfection of:
The book is blemished by those long, ineffective descriptions.
noun
2.
a mark that detracts from appearance, as a pimple or a scar.
3.
a defect or flaw; stain; blight:
a blemish on his record.
Origin
1275-1325
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
Related forms
blemisher, noun
unblemished, adjective
unblemishing, adjective
Synonyms
1. stain, sully, spot, tarnish, taint; injure, mar, damage, impair, deface. 3. blot, spot, speck, taint. See defect.
Antonyms
1. purify, repair.
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Examples for blemish
  • 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 blemish.
  • 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.
  • Now that beauty norms dictate that any blemish or off-color patch requires immediate care, it's become harder to remain calm.
  • Trying to transfer may be a huge blemish against your app.
  • Visine is also good if you have blemish on your face.
  • Most of his production came prior to aggravating the injury tonight, and that is the only blemish since his return.
  • But one major blemish kept it more geek than chic: that stray-dog-ugly and easily broken external antenna.
  • Over the next hour or so this blemish widens and eventually consumes the sun, turning day to night.
British Dictionary definitions for blemish

blemish

/ˈblɛmɪʃ/
noun
1.
a defect; flaw; stain
verb
2.
(transitive) to flaw the perfection of; spoil; tarnish
Word Origin
C14: from Old French blemir to make pale, probably of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for blemish
v.

early 14c., "to hurt, damage," from Old French blemiss- "to turn pale," extended stem of blemir, blesmir "to make pale; stain, discolor," also "to injure" (13c., Modern French blêmir), probably from Frankish *blesmjan "to cause to turn pale," or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *blas "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).

The order of appearance of senses in Middle English is "hurt, damage;" "impair morally, sully" (late 14c.); "mar, spoil, injure" (early 15c.); "to mar the beauty or soundness of" (mid-15c.). Related: Blemished; blemishing.

n.

1520s, from blemish (v.).

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blemish in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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blemish in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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