A girl pointing to a blemish on her chin.
- The definition of a blemish is a flaw in something otherwise perfect or complete.
- A thirty day late on an otherwise perfect credit report is an example of a blemish.
- A pimple on a person's face is an example of a blemish.
- Blemish means to spoil the perfection of something.
Adding too much salt to a perfectly flavored risotto is an example of to blemish.
Origin of blemishMiddle English blemishen ; from Old French blemiss-, extended stem of blesmir, to injure, probably via Frankish an unverified form blesmjan, to cause to turn pale ; from an unverified form blesmi, akin to blaze
- a mark that mars the appearance, as a stain, spot, scar, etc.
- any flaw, defect, or shortcoming
- A small mark that makes the appearance of something less attractive.
- An imperfection that mars or impairs; a flaw.
transitive verbblem·ished, blem·ish·ing, blem·ish·es
- To cause to have a small mark or marks that diminish attractiveness: skin blemished by an allergy.
- To mar or impair by a flaw: accusations that blemished his reputation.
Origin of blemishMiddle English blemisshen, to damage, mar, from Old French blesmir, blemir, blemiss-, to make pale, of Germanic origin; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present blemishes, present participle blemishing, simple past and past participle blemished)
From Middle English blemisshen, blemissen, from Old French blemiss-, stem of Old French blemir, blesmir (“make pale, injure, wound, bruise”) (French blêmir), from Old Frankish *blesmjan, *blasmjan (“to make pale”), from Old Frankish *blasmi (“pale”), from Proto-Germanic *blasaz (“white, pale”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to shine”). Cognate with Dutch bles (“white spot”), German blass (“pale”), Old English āblered (“bare, uncovered, bald”).