- 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 marring
I truly believe you have the making or marring of his future in your hands—now.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
It was a terrible power, the making or marring of future reputation.The Cornwall Coast
Arthur L. Salmon
Whatever my life is, he had more to do with the making or the marring of it than poor Harry has had.The Picture of Dorian Gray
What cruel demon had presided over that marring of her life!The Dark Flower
To us the marring of her son seems the greatest of this Messalina's crimes.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall
W. R. H. Trowbridge
- (tr) to cause harm to; spoil or impair
- a disfiguring mark; blemish
Word Origin and History for marring
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.