[ blem-ish ]
/ ˈblɛm ɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. bleeding heart,
  2. bleep,
  3. bleeper,
  4. bleeping,
  5. blellum,
  6. blemished,
  7. blench,
  8. blend,
  9. blende,
  10. blended family

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

Synonym study

3. See defect. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unblemished

British Dictionary definitions for unblemished


/ (ʌnˈblɛmɪʃt) /


not blemished or tarnished in any way


/ (ˈblɛmɪʃ) /


a defect; flaw; stain


(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
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Medicine definitions for unblemished


[ blĕmĭsh ]


A small circumscribed alteration of the skin considered to be unesthetic but insignificant.

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