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[skahr] /skɑr/
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.
Origin of scar1
1350-1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of eschar
Related forms
scarless, adjective
unscarred, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scarred
  • They hadn't been profoundly scarred by the tenure process.
  • Yet already the process has been scarred by accusations of intimidation and bribery.
  • 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.
  • Rather than scarred and stunted optical patches, the fish had eyes.
  • Over time, the kidneys may be damaged or scarred by this reflux.
  • His face was weather-beaten, his teeth rotten, and his body scarred and mangled.
  • The shorts reveal a prosthetic left leg and a heavily scarred right leg.
  • He didnt lose any of it but has been scarred mentally.
  • In my two running falls, the only thing that scarred was when my dermatologist removed gravel from my palm.
British Dictionary definitions for scarred


any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound
a permanent change in a person's character resulting from emotional distress: his wife's death left its scars on him
the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem
a mark of damage; blemish
verb scars, scarring, scarred
to mark or become marked with a scar
(intransitive) to heal leaving a scar
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from Greek eskhara scab


an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
a similar formation in a river or sea
Also called (Scot) scaur
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse sker low reef, skerry
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Word Origin and History for scarred

mid-15c., past participle adjective from scar (v.). Transferred use by c.1600.



late 14c., from Old French escare "scab" (Modern French escarre), from Late Latin eschara, from Greek eskhara "scab formed after a burn," literally "hearth, fireplace," of unknown origin. English sense probably influenced by Middle English skar (late 14c.) "crack, cut, incision," from Old Norse skarð, related to score (n.). Figurative sense attested from 1580s.

"bare and broken rocky face of a cliff or mountain," 1670s, earlier "rock, crag" (14c.), perhaps from Old Norse sker "isolated rock or low reef in the sea," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).


1550s, from scar (n.1). Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Scarred; scarring.

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scarred in Medicine

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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