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1. A small mark that makes the appearance of something less attractive.
2. An imperfection that mars or impairs; a flaw.
tr.v. blem·ished, blem·ish·ing, blem·ish·es
1. To cause to have a small mark or marks that diminish attractiveness: skin blemished by an allergy.
2. To mar or impair by a flaw: accusations that blemished his reputation.

[Middle English blemisshen, to damage, mar, from Old French blesmir, blemir, blemiss-, to make pale, of Germanic origin; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

blem′ish·er n.
Synonyms: blemish, imperfection, fault, defect, flaw1
These nouns denote loss or absence of perfection. A blemish is something thought to mar the appearance or character of a thing: "Industry in art is a necessity—not a virtue—and any evidence of the same, in the production, is a blemish" (James McNeill Whistler).
Imperfection and fault apply more comprehensively to any deficiency or shortcoming: "A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections" (Joseph Addison)."Each of us would point out to the other her most serious faults, and thereby help her to remedy them" (Anna Howard Shaw).
Defect denotes a serious functional or structural shortcoming: "Ill breeding ... is not a single defect, it is the result of many" (Henry Fielding).
A flaw is an imperfection that may be hidden or of apparent insignificance but that often has serious consequences: Experiments revealed a very basic flaw in the theory.
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spoilt by physical or moral blemishes
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.blemished - marred by imperfectionsblemished - marred by imperfections    
damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; "I won't buy damaged goods"; "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"
imperfect - not perfect; defective or inadequate; "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect"
unblemished, unmarred, unmutilated - free from physical or moral spots or stains; "an unblemished record"; "an unblemished complexion"
2.blemished - having a blemish or flawblemished - having a blemish or flaw; "a flawed diamond"; "an irregular pair of jeans"
imperfect - not perfect; defective or inadequate; "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect"
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[ˈblɛmɪʃt] adj [skin, fruit] → abîmé(e)
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Shoppers began to expect perfect produce in the supermarket aisles and would shun anything that was blemished or misshapen.
I currently swear by Lisa Eldridge's technique of concealment: a makeup trick grounded on a well-meaning belief that a blemished face can breathe and shine (sans grease).
Azam said it was observed that blemished fruit comes from all orchards, with varying degrees of fruit blemishes, caused by different factors.