Definitions for: Blemish


[n] a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
[v] add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective
[v] mar or impair with a flaw; "her face was blemished"
[v] mar or spoil the appearance of; "scars defaced her cheeks"; "The vandals disfigured the statue"



Webster (1913) Definition: Blem"ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blemished; p. pr. &
vb. n. Blemishing.] [OE. blemissen, blemishen, OF. blemir,
blesmir, to strike, injure, soil, F. bl[^e]mir to grow pale,
fr. OF. bleme, blesme, pale, wan, F. bl[^e]me, prob. fr. Icel
bl[=a]man the livid color of a wound, fr. bl[=a]r blue; akin
to E. blue. OF. blemir properly signifies to beat one (black
and) blue, and to render blue or dirty. See Blue.]
1. To mark with deformity; to injure or impair, as anything
which is well formed, or excellent; to mar, or make
defective, either the body or mind.

Sin is a soil which blemisheth the beauty of thy
soul. --Brathwait.

2. To tarnish, as reputation or character; to defame.

There had nothing passed between us that might
blemish reputation. --Oldys.


Blem"ish, n.; pl. Blemishes.
Any mark of deformity or injury, whether physical or moral;
anything that diminishes beauty, or renders imperfect that
which is otherwise well formed; that which impairs
reputation.

He shall take two he lambs without blemish, and one ewe
lamb of the first year without blemish. --Lev. xiv.
10.

The reliefs of an envious man are those little
blemishes and imperfections that discover themselves in
an illustrious character. --Spectator.

Syn: Spot; speck; flaw; deformity; stain; defect; fault;
taint; reproach; dishonor; imputation; disgrace.

Synonyms: deface, defect, disfigure, flaw, spot

See Also: begrime, bemire, birthmark, blackhead, blot, burn, burn mark, chatter mark, check, chip, colly, comedo, crack, damage, daub, deflower, dent, dirty, gouge, grime, impair, mangle, mar, mark, mark, maul, milium, mole, nevus, nick, pit, pock, scar, scar, scrape, scratch, slur, smear, smirch, smudge, soil, spoil, spot, stigma, ugliness, verruca, vitiate, wart, whitehead

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