verb (used with object), blot·ted, blot·ting.
verb (used without object), blot·ted, blot·ting.
- to make indistinguishable; obliterate: to blot out a name from the record.
- to wipe out completely; destroy: Whole cities were blotted out by bombs.
Origin of blot1
Synonyms for blot
Origin of blot2
Related Words for blotblemish, blotch, smudge, speck, odium, onus, disgrace, slur, smear, brand, blur, spot, defect, taint, fault, stigma, stain, patch, discoloration, sully
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Contemporary Examples of blot
Like Amalek, the Biblical evil-doer whose name we are enjoined to “blot out.”How Do We Deal with the Baseless Hatred at the Western Wall?
Emily L. Hauser
July 12, 2013
But we must remember not only to not forget, but to blot out the enemy—not mercifully, but through genocide.How To Take Purim Seriously
February 21, 2013
Think of its twisted outline as a Rorschach blot for a society—maybe a civilization.A Disaster's Silver Lining
April 30, 2010
The speech did irreparable damage to Powell's reputation, and he has since called it "a blot on his record."A Video History of U.N. Outbursts
The Daily Beast Video
September 22, 2009
Historical Examples of blot
Shakespeare should never have used this incident; it is a blot on his conception.The Man Shakespeare
That was, in fact, the only blot on his father's honour—a foul and grave blot it was.Night and Morning, Complete
Blot out the memory of this world, and what would heaven or hell be to us?The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Neither did the blot with which the birth of my grandfather was menaced affect me much.Wilfrid Cumbermede
All falsehood must be a blot as well as a sin, an injury as well as a deception.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
verb blots, blotting or blotted
- to darken or hide completely; obscure; obliterate
- to destroy; annihilate
Word Origin for blot
Word Origin for blot
late 14c., originally "blemish," perhaps from Old Norse blettr "blot, stain," or from Old French blot, variant of bloc "block," or blestre "blister, lump, clump of earth."
early 15c., "to make blots;" mid-15c. "to blot out, obliterate" (words), from blot (n.). Related: Blotted; blotting.