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[mahr] /mɑr/
verb (used with object), marred, marring.
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
before 900; Middle English merren, Old English merran to hinder, waste; cognate with Old Saxon merrian, Old High German merren to hinder, Old Norse merja to bruise, Gothic marzjan to offend
Related forms
unmarred, adjective
unmarring, adjective
1, 2. flaw, injure; blot. Mar, deface, disfigure, deform agree in applying to some form of injury. Mar is general, but usually refers to an external or surface injury, if it is a physical one: The tabletop was marred by dents and scratches. Deface refers to a surface injury that may be temporary or easily repaired: a tablecloth defaced by penciled notations. Disfigure applies to external injury of a more permanent and serious kind: A birthmark disfigured one side of his face. Deform suggests that something has been distorted or internally injured so severely as to change its normal form or qualities, or else that some fault has interfered with its proper development: deformed by an accident that had crippled him; to deform feet by binding them.
1, 2. enhance, adorn. Unabridged
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  • The skies, changing now from a bright to a steely gray, were unmarred by a single wisp of smoke.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • It was evident that the two officers of justice did not enjoy an unmarred serenity.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • The way led steeply up through deep, powdery snow that was unmarred by sled-track or moccasin impression.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • The print must not be cut down in size, and its face must be unmarred.

    Chats on Japanese Prints Arthur Davison Ficke
  • But the serenity of Peter's retrospect was unmarred by any passing cloud.

    The Colonel's Dream Charles W. Chesnutt
  • Fair, witching, plump, rosy and amorous; and of unmarred proportions.

  • It brought with it a satisfaction of artistic taste that was an unmarred pleasure in itself.

    Fair Margaret Francis Marion Crawford
  • It's green, undisturbed, unmarred by shells—there are even cows!

    The Glory of the Trenches Coningsby Dawson
  • The unmarred side was toward me, fixed and motionless as when I first observed it,—less absorbed now, but more intent.

  • Edith must look beautiful at her wedding; her happiness must be unmarred.

    Fidelity Susan Glaspell
British Dictionary definitions for unmarred


verb mars, marring, marred
(transitive) to cause harm to; spoil or impair
a disfiguring mark; blemish
Derived Forms
marrer, noun
Word Origin
Old English merran; compare Old Saxon merrian to hinder, Old Norse merja to bruise


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Word Origin and History for unmarred

c.1200, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of mar.



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.

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