verb (used with object), marred, marring.
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.
to disfigure, deface, or scar: The scratch marred the table.

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

unmarred, adjective
unmarring, adjective

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.

1, 2. enhance, adorn. Unabridged




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mar (mɑː)
vb , mars, marring, marred
1.  (tr) to cause harm to; spoil or impair
2.  a disfiguring mark; blemish
[Old English merran; compare Old Saxon merrian to hinder, Old Norse merja to bruise]

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Word Origin & History

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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. maritime

  2. married

  1. major acquisition review

  2. Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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Example sentences
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.
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