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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
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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Examples for mar
  • Tape the plier jaws with masking tape so they will not mar the cap finish.
  • Factual errors mar the essay.
  • It is a beautiful crisp Fall day here, with just a hint of high cloud to mar the brilliance of the sun.
  • The ripping winds carried his flowers away but didn't mar his headstone.
  • Election fraud could mar the election if it is widespread, said military officials.
  • Before the spoiler had whet his sword to mar.
  • But don't let recent history mar your opinion of bank stocks too much.
  • Lest his sad presence mar its holy beauty.
  • Deadline pressures and periodic bouts of clichéd thinking will undoubtedly mar this earnest striving for journalistic improvement.
  • The frustrating battles mar an otherwise charming, laid-back game.
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
mar
O.E. merran (Anglian), mierran (W.Saxon) "waste, spoil," from P.Gmc. *marzjanan (cf. O.Fris. meria, O.H.G. marren "to hinder, obstruct," Goth. marzjan "to hinder, offend"), considered by some philologists to be from PIE base *mers- "to trouble, confuse" (cf. Skt. mrsyate "forgets, neglects," Lith. 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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