Blemish definition

blĕmĭsh
An imperfection that mars or impairs; a flaw.
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A small mark that makes the appearance of something less attractive.
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To cause to have a small mark or marks that diminish attractiveness.

Skin blemished by an allergy.

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Any flaw, defect, or shortcoming.
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To mar or impair by a flaw.

Accusations that blemished his reputation.

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To mar, as by some flaw or fault; spoil the perfection of.
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A mark that mars the appearance, as a stain, spot, scar, etc.
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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.

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Blemish means to spoil the perfection of something.

Adding too much salt to a perfectly flavored risotto is an example of to blemish.

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A small flaw which spoils the appearance of something, a stain, a spot.
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A moral defect; a character flaw.
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To spoil the appearance of.
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To tarnish (reputation, character, etc.); to defame.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
blemish
Plural:
blemishes

Origin of blemish

  • Middle English blemisshen to damage, mar from Old French blesmir, blemir blemiss- to make pale of Germanic origin bhel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary