Think of its twisted outline as a Rorschach blot for a society—maybe a civilization.
Like Amalek, the Biblical evil-doer whose name we are enjoined to “blot out.”
But we must remember not only to not forget, but to blot out the enemy—not mercifully, but through genocide.
The speech did irreparable damage to Powell's reputation, and he has since called it "a blot on his record."
She wanted to cover her eyes, to blot out the sun, to run to some friendly darkness to make her moan.
He shut his eyes, as if by shutting them he could blot out the pictures of his imagination.
There was no expense of money and men she would refuse to consider for erasing the blot of Campo Formio.
There was but one blot upon his character—he hated Mrs. Gam.
Susan smiled in response, but the little speech was the one blot on a happy evening.
But there it was, staring him in the face, and he could not blot out the memory of it.
late 14c., originally "blemish," perhaps from Old Norse blettr "blot, stain," or from Old French blot, variant of bloc "block," or blestre "blister, lump, clump of earth."
early 15c., "to make blots;" mid-15c. "to blot out, obliterate" (words), from blot (n.). Related: Blotted; blotting.
The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.
a stain or reproach (Job 31:7; Prov. 9:7). To blot out sin is to forgive it (Ps. 51:1, 9; Isa. 44:22; Acts 3:19). Christ's blotting out the handwriting of ordinances was his fulfilling the law in our behalf (Col. 2:14).