verb (used with object)
Origin of blemish
Synonyms for blemish
Antonyms for blemish
Related Words for blemishfreckle, blot, bruise, wart, blotch, smudge, imperfection, pimple, snag, stigma, stain, scar, discoloration, sully, disgrace, disfigurement, chip, birthmark, second, sight
Examples from the Web for blemish
Contemporary Examples of blemish
He blamed the abortion and the late night for this blemish on his otherwise almost perfect 1974 season.Jimmy Connors Memoir Shows He Wasn’t Misunderstood, He Was Just a Jerk
May 14, 2013
Historical Examples of blemish
There is not a blemish in mind or person at which the proudest of you all would sicken.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
It had a blemish, in the nature of currant jelly, on its chin; and was a thirsty child.The Uncommercial Traveller
Malignity is seldom at a loss for some blemish to point out.
You have won a great prize, a ruby without a blemish; value it, cherish it.Nell, of Shorne Mills
For this blemish, however, he was more to be pitied than blamed.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
Word Origin for blemish
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.
1520s, from blemish (v.).