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mar

[mahr] /mɑr/
verb (used with object), marred, marring.
1.
to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil:
That billboard mars the view. The holiday was marred by bad weather.
2.
to disfigure, deface, or scar:
The scratch marred the table.
Origin of mar
900
before 900; Middle English merren, Old English merran to hinder, waste; cognate with Old Saxon merrian, Old High German merren to hinder, Old Norse merja to bruise, Gothic marzjan to offend
Related forms
unmarred, adjective
unmarring, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. flaw, injure; blot. Mar, deface, disfigure, deform agree in applying to some form of injury. Mar is general, but usually refers to an external or surface injury, if it is a physical one: The tabletop was marred by dents and scratches. Deface refers to a surface injury that may be temporary or easily repaired: a tablecloth defaced by penciled notations. Disfigure applies to external injury of a more permanent and serious kind: A birthmark disfigured one side of his face. Deform suggests that something has been distorted or internally injured so severely as to change its normal form or qualities, or else that some fault has interfered with its proper development: deformed by an accident that had crippled him; to deform feet by binding them.
Antonyms
1, 2. enhance, adorn.

Mar.

1.

mar.

1.
2.

M.A.R.

1.
Master of Arts in Religion.
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  • Those at mar marrina are probably not later than the thirteenth century.

    Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • Yet, these afflictions were not the worst injuries to mar the girl convict's life.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It was a narrow, piquant face, with no lines to mar its delicacy.

    The House of Fulfilment George Madden Martin
  • Now is the time for a determined stand; now can we make or mar ourselves.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Certainly he was not the Comte de mar; but then he was the man who had killed Pontou.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • "mar—" began Mandy Calline, looking at her mother appealingly.

  • Engi mar mtti fara upp dalinn me hest er hund, vat at var egar drepit.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for mar

mar

/mɑː/
verb mars, marring, marred
1.
(transitive) to cause harm to; spoil or impair
noun
2.
a disfiguring mark; blemish
Derived Forms
marrer, noun
Word Origin
Old English merran; compare Old Saxon merrian to hinder, Old Norse merja to bruise

Mar

abbreviation
1.
March
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Word Origin and History for mar
v.

Old English merran (Anglian), mierran (West Saxon) "to waste, spoil," from Proto-Germanic *marzjan (cf. Old Frisian meria, Old High German marren "to hinder, obstruct," Gothic marzjan "to hinder, offend"), from PIE root *mers- "to trouble, confuse" (cf. Sanskrit mrsyate "forgets, neglects," Lithuanian mirszati "to forget"). Related: Marred; marring.

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Related Abbreviations for mar

MAR

1.
major acquisition review
2.
Mid-Atlantic Ridge

mar.

1.
maritime
2.
married

Mar.

March
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