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Other Blemish Definition

[n] a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
[v] add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective
[v] mar or impair with a flaw; "her face was blemished"
[v] mar or spoil the appearance of; "scars defaced her cheeks"; "The vandals disfigured the statue"

Misc. Definitions

\Blem"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blemished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blemishing}.] [OE. blemissen, blemishen, OF. blemir, blesmir, to strike, injure, soil, F. bl[^e]mir to grow pale, fr. OF. bleme, blesme, pale, wan, F. bl[^e]me, prob. fr. Icel bl[=a]man the livid color of a wound, fr. bl[=a]r blue; akin to E. blue. OF. blemir properly signifies to beat one (black and) blue, and to render blue or dirty. See {Blue}.]
1. To mark with deformity; to injure or impair, as anything which is well formed, or excellent; to mar, or make defective, either the body or mind. Sin is a soil which blemisheth the beauty of thy soul. --Brathwait.
2. To tarnish, as reputation or character; to defame. There had nothing passed between us that might blemish reputation. --Oldys.
\Blem"ish\, n.; pl. {Blemishes}. Any mark of deformity or injury, whether physical or moral; anything that diminishes beauty, or renders imperfect that which is otherwise well formed; that which impairs reputation. He shall take two he lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish. --Lev. xiv.
10. The reliefs of an envious man are those little blemishes and imperfections that discover themselves in an illustrious character. --Spectator. Syn: Spot; speck; flaw; deformity; stain; defect; fault; taint; reproach; dishonor; imputation; disgrace.

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