1 [skahr]
a mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn.
a lasting aftereffect of trouble, especially a lasting psychological injury resulting from suffering or trauma.
any blemish remaining as a trace of or resulting from injury or use.
Botany. a mark indicating a former point of attachment, as where a leaf has fallen from a stem.
verb (used with object), scarred, scarring.
to mark with a scar.
verb (used without object), scarred, scarring.
to form a scar in healing.

1350–1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of eschar

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scar1 (skɑː)
1.  any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound
2.  a permanent change in a person's character resulting from emotional distress: his wife's death left its scars on him
3.  the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem
4.  a mark of damage; blemish
vb , scars, scarring, scarred
5.  to mark or become marked with a scar
6.  (intr) to heal leaving a scar
[C14: via Late Latin from Greek eskhara scab]

scar2 (skɑː)
1.  an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
2.  a similar formation in a river or sea
[C14: from Old Norse sker low reef, skerry]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. escare "scab," from L.L. eschara, from Gk. eskhara "scab formed after a burn," lit. "hearth, fireplace," of unknown origin. English sense probably influenced by M.E. skar (late 14c.) "crack, cut, incision," from O.N. skarð, related to score. Figurative
sense attested from 1580s. The verb is first recorded 1550s. Related: Scarred; scarring.
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scar (skär)
The fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue destroyed by injury or disease. v. scarred, scar·ring, scars

  1. To mark with a scar or become marked with a scar.

  2. To form scar.

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Example sentences
They hadn't been profoundly scarred by the tenure process.
Yet already the process has been scarred by accusations of intimidation and
Follow high school students on a poignant journey through their scarred city.
Their bodies are often scarred from collisions with boat propellers, the
  biggest threat to their survival.
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