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blemish

[ blem-ish ]
/ ˈblɛm ɪʃ /
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verb (used with object)
to destroy or diminish the perfection of: The book is blemished by those long, ineffective descriptions.
noun
a mark that detracts from appearance, as a pimple or a scar.
a defect or flaw; stain; blight: a blemish on his record.
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Origin of blemish

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

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3. See defect.

OTHER WORDS FROM blemish

blem·ish·er, nounun·blem·ished, adjectiveun·blem·ish·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for blemish

blemish
/ (ˈblɛmɪʃ) /

noun
a defect; flaw; stain
verb
(tr) to flaw the perfection of; spoil; tarnish

Word Origin for blemish

C14: from Old French blemir to make pale, probably of Germanic origin
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