verb (used with object)
Origin of blemish
Examples from the Web for blemish
Her eyes might find no blemish in his person, and Love knocked upon her heart, requiring her to love, since her time had come.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France|Marie de France
This blemish was avoided in the Canadian constitution by vesting all residuary powers in the central government and legislature.George Brown|John Lewis
It had a blemish, in the nature of currant jelly, on its chin; and was a thirsty child.The Uncommercial Traveller|Charles Dickens
There—it is noble, it is beautiful; its grace is marred by no fleck or blemish or suggestion of self-interest.What Is Man? And Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Mr. Blemish waived the question as one of detail, which it was evidently beneath him to enter upon.Grif|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
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.).