The 19th and early 20th centuries were marred by pogroms against Jewish communities.
His recent trip to Britain, Israel, and Poland was marred by a series of gaffes.
One year ago, in his State of the Union address, President Obama decried the long lines that marred the 2012 election.
But the inaugural installment, five months after Olbermann left MSNBC, was marred by some nasty digs at his old colleagues.
Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Games were marred by the worst ethics scandal in Olympic history.
I wish I could erase all the troubles that have marred these days for you.
And it is then perhaps a great politician is marred or made.
Her fairy tales are thin, and marred by weak allegory of the "Carte de Tendre" kind.
Nor are they ever, as Milton's so often are, marred by a descent as rapid as their rise.
The trees are vigorous, productive and little subject to leaf-curl but the fruits in New York are often marred by peach-scab.
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.