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blemish

[blem-ish] /ˈblɛm ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to destroy or diminish the perfection of:
The book is blemished by those long, ineffective descriptions.
noun
2.
a mark that detracts from appearance, as a pimple or a scar.
3.
a defect or flaw; stain; blight:
a blemish on his record.
Origin of blemish
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English (v.) < Anglo-French, Middle French blemiss-, long stem of ble(s)mir to make livid, perhaps < Old Low Franconian *blesmjan; see blaze2
Related forms
blemisher, noun
unblemished, adjective
unblemishing, adjective
Synonyms
1. stain, sully, spot, tarnish, taint; injure, mar, damage, impair, deface. 3. blot, spot, speck, taint.
Antonyms
1. purify, repair.
Synonym Study
3. See defect.
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Examples from the Web for unblemished
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  • Despite the tenderness of her poetry and her character, her reputation was unblemished.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He was an old man, but he had always maintained an unblemished character.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • Bender was the pink of propriety and a dog of unblemished reputation.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Did not Hector burn you thigh-bones of heifers and of unblemished goats?

    The Iliad Homer
  • He was a man of unblemished character, and was not too haughty to have fun sometimes.

  • They appear to confide to us the charge of their unblemished names.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for unblemished

unblemished

/ʌnˈblɛmɪʃt/
adjective
1.
not blemished or tarnished in any way

blemish

/ˈblɛmɪʃ/
noun
1.
a defect; flaw; stain
verb
2.
(transitive) to flaw the perfection of; spoil; tarnish
Word Origin
C14: from Old French blemir to make pale, probably of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for unblemished
adj.

c.1300, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of blemish. Originally in moral sense; material sense is attested from mid-15c.

blemish

v.

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.

blemish

n.

1520s, from blemish (v.).

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unblemished in Medicine

blemish blem·ish (blěm'ĭsh)
n.
A small circumscribed alteration of the skin considered to be unesthetic but insignificant.

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