- to destroy or diminish the perfection of: The book is blemished by those long, ineffective descriptions.
- a mark that detracts from appearance, as a pimple or a scar.
- a defect or flaw; stain; blight: a blemish on his record.
Origin of blemish
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Examples from the Web for blemished
I didn't think, sir, you would have recommended my ladies a blemished horse like that.Black Beauty
Because Falsehood was blemished in having no feet, she was called mendacium or mendacity.The Fables of Phdrus
Your service of God will no more be mixed and blemished with imperfections.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)
There is the gross and the refined, the blemished and the perfect.Prairie Gold
No one can be a priest who is maimed or blemished in any way.Joel: A Boy of Galilee
Annie Fellows Johnston
- a defect; flaw; stain
- (tr) to flaw the perfection of; spoil; tarnish
Word Origin and History for blemished
early 14c., "to hurt, damage," from Old French blemiss- "to turn pale," extended stem of blemir, blesmir "to make pale; stain, discolor," also "to injure" (13c., Modern French blêmir), probably from Frankish *blesmjan "to cause to turn pale," or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *blas "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).
The order of appearance of senses in Middle English is "hurt, damage;" "impair morally, sully" (late 14c.); "mar, spoil, injure" (early 15c.); "to mar the beauty or soundness of" (mid-15c.). Related: Blemished; blemishing.
1520s, from blemish (v.).
- A small circumscribed alteration of the skin considered to be unesthetic but insignificant.