- to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil: That billboard mars the view. The holiday was marred by bad weather.
- to disfigure, deface, or scar: The scratch marred the table.
Origin of mar
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Examples from the Web for marred
The accident rate in Asia has marred what was in 2014 a banner year for aviation safety.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
And there is no doubt, too, that its legacy will be marred by the controversy it stirred, both on and off screen.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
December 15, 2014
Ichikowitz and his brother Eric have been marred before by corruption scandals.African Arms-Maker to Obama: Give War a Chance!
August 5, 2014
Her last official engagement before she gave birth to baby George was marred by her skirts blowing up and flashing her underwear.Kate Middleton's History of Flesh-Flashing Wardrobe Malfunctions
May 29, 2014
The 19th and early 20th centuries were marred by pogroms against Jewish communities.Who’s Really Behind Ukraine’s Synagogue Attacks?
March 3, 2014
With that cry he escaped from the marred conditions of the clay.Tiverton Tales
The friar's spirits were not to be marred by such a little incident.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
It was not marred by such evidences of the old fact as still remained.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
The honesty of the conviction is not marred by the fact that it is entirely mistaken.Mountain Meditations
After all, he remembered, it was the people who made or marred a place.The Night Riders
- (tr) to cause harm to; spoil or impair
- a disfiguring mark; blemish
Word Origin and History for marred
Old English merran (Anglian), mierran (West Saxon) "to waste, spoil," from Proto-Germanic *marzjan (cf. Old Frisian meria, Old High German marren "to hinder, obstruct," Gothic marzjan "to hinder, offend"), from PIE root *mers- "to trouble, confuse" (cf. Sanskrit mrsyate "forgets, neglects," Lithuanian mirszati "to forget"). Related: Marred; marring.