- to destroy or diminish the perfection of: The book is blemished by those long, ineffective descriptions.
- a mark that detracts from appearance, as a pimple or a scar.
- a defect or flaw; stain; blight: a blemish on his record.
Origin of blemish
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Related Wordsunsullied, flawless, spotless, intact, undamaged, unmarred, chaste, clean, decent, faultless, immaculate, modest, perfect, pure, sound, stainless, undefiled, unhurt, unimpaired, unstained
Examples from the Web for unblemished
He smiles frequently and with joyful sincerity, and his raven-colored skin is unblemished and taut.‘The Intouchables’: Omar Sy on the Movie and His Success
May 25, 2012
She had always been so vain, so obsessed with her unblemished beauty.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
We should find white ones, round, unblemished, and the same size.Goodbye to My Breasts
April 24, 2010
Instead he found Juan Gonzalez Ponce de Leon, a valiant suitor of noble, unblemished credentials.The Jewish Conquistadors
December 21, 2008
Despite the tenderness of her poetry and her character, her reputation was unblemished.Night and Morning, Complete
He was an old man, but he had always maintained an unblemished character.The Boat Club
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?The Iliad
He was a man of unblemished character, and was not too haughty to have fun sometimes.
- not blemished or tarnished in any way
- a defect; flaw; stain
- (tr) to flaw the perfection of; spoil; tarnish
Word Origin and History for unblemished
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.).
- A small circumscribed alteration of the skin considered to be unesthetic but insignificant.