blemish

[blem-ish]
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noun
  1. a mark that detracts from appearance, as a pimple or a scar.
  2. a defect or flaw; stain; blight: a blemish on his record.

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
Related formsblem·ish·er, nounun·blem·ished, adjectiveun·blem·ish·ing, adjective

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3. See defect.

Antonyms for blemish

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Examples from the Web for unblemished

Contemporary Examples of unblemished

Historical Examples of unblemished

  • Despite the tenderness of her poetry and her character, her reputation was unblemished.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He was an old man, but he had always maintained an unblemished character.

    The Boat Club

    Oliver Optic

  • Bender was the pink of propriety and a dog of unblemished reputation.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • Did not Hector burn you thigh-bones of heifers and of unblemished goats?

  • He was a man of unblemished character, and was not too haughty to have fun sometimes.


British Dictionary definitions for unblemished

unblemished

adjective
  1. not blemished or tarnished in any way

blemish

noun
  1. a defect; flaw; stain
verb
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for unblemished
adj.

c.1300, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of blemish. Originally in moral sense; material sense is attested from mid-15c.

blemish

v.

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.

blemish

n.

1520s, from blemish (v.).

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unblemished in Medicine

blemish

[blĕmĭsh]
n.
  1. A small circumscribed alteration of the skin considered to be unesthetic but insignificant.
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