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blem·ish

 (blĕm′ĭsh)
n.
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.

blemish

(ˈblɛmɪʃ)
n
a defect; flaw; stain
vb
(tr) to flaw the perfection of; spoil; tarnish
[C14: from Old French blemir to make pale, probably of Germanic origin]

blem•ish

(ˈblɛm ɪʃ)
v.t.
1. to destroy or diminish the perfection of; mar; sully.
n.
2. a mark that detracts from appearance, as a pimple or a scar.
3. a defect or flaw; stain; blight: a blemish on one's record.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French blemiss-, long s. of ble(s)mir to make livid; see blaze2]
blem′ish•er, n.
syn: See defect.

blemish


Past participle: blemished
Gerund: blemishing

Imperative
blemish
blemish
Present
I blemish
you blemish
he/she/it blemishes
we blemish
you blemish
they blemish
Preterite
I blemished
you blemished
he/she/it blemished
we blemished
you blemished
they blemished
Present Continuous
I am blemishing
you are blemishing
he/she/it is blemishing
we are blemishing
you are blemishing
they are blemishing
Present Perfect
I have blemished
you have blemished
he/she/it has blemished
we have blemished
you have blemished
they have blemished
Past Continuous
I was blemishing
you were blemishing
he/she/it was blemishing
we were blemishing
you were blemishing
they were blemishing
Past Perfect
I had blemished
you had blemished
he/she/it had blemished
we had blemished
you had blemished
they had blemished
Future
I will blemish
you will blemish
he/she/it will blemish
we will blemish
you will blemish
they will blemish
Future Perfect
I will have blemished
you will have blemished
he/she/it will have blemished
we will have blemished
you will have blemished
they will have blemished
Future Continuous
I will be blemishing
you will be blemishing
he/she/it will be blemishing
we will be blemishing
you will be blemishing
they will be blemishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been blemishing
you have been blemishing
he/she/it has been blemishing
we have been blemishing
you have been blemishing
they have been blemishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been blemishing
you will have been blemishing
he/she/it will have been blemishing
we will have been blemishing
you will have been blemishing
they will have been blemishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been blemishing
you had been blemishing
he/she/it had been blemishing
we had been blemishing
you had been blemishing
they had been blemishing
Conditional
I would blemish
you would blemish
he/she/it would blemish
we would blemish
you would blemish
they would blemish
Past Conditional
I would have blemished
you would have blemished
he/she/it would have blemished
we would have blemished
you would have blemished
they would have blemished
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blemish - a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)blemish - a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
birthmark, nevus - a blemish on the skin that is formed before birth
chatter mark - a mark made by a chattering tool on the surface of a workpiece
chip, check - a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
crack - a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts; "there was a crack in the mirror"
gouge, nick, ding, dent - an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
mole - a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin
scar, scrape, scratch, mark - an indication of damage
burn mark, burn - a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)
blot, smirch, smudge, daub, slur, smear, spot - a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"
stigma - a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease
verruca, wart - (pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus
milium, whitehead - a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland
blackhead, comedo - a black-tipped plug clogging a pore of the skin
Verb1.blemish - mar or spoil the appearance ofblemish - mar or spoil the appearance of; "scars defaced her cheeks"; "The vandals disfigured the statue"
mar, deflower, impair, vitiate, spoil - make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
mangle, maul - injure badly by beating
pock, scar, pit, mark - mark with a scar; "The skin disease scarred his face permanently"
2.blemish - mar or impair with a flawblemish - mar or impair with a flaw; "her face was blemished"
begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil - make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"
3.blemish - add a flaw or blemish toblemish - add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

blemish

verb
1. dishonour, mark, damage, spot, injure, ruin, mar, spoil, stain, blur, disgrace, impair, taint, tarnish, blot, smudge, disfigure, sully, deface, blotch, besmirch, smirch He wasn't about to blemish that pristine record. Nobody wanted to blemish his reputation at that time.
dishonour improve, perfect, correct, restore, enhance, refine, purify

blemish

verb
To spoil the soundness or perfection of:
noun
1. Something that mars the appearance or causes inadequacy or failure:
2. A mark of discredit or disgrace:
Archaic: attaint.
Idiom: a blot on one's escutcheon.
Translations
يُتْلِفُ، يُلَوِّثُيُلَطِّخُ
kazpokazitpoškoditposkvrnitskvrna
pletplette
jälkipilatatahratahrata
blettur; galliskemma
dėmėsugadinti
defektssabojātvaina
poškvrniť

blemish

[ˈblemɪʃ]
A. N (on fruit) → mancha f; (on complexion) → imperfección f (fig) (on reputation) → tacha f
B. VT (= spoil) → estropear

blemish

[ˈblɛmɪʃ]
n
(= fault) → défaut m
(on reputation)tache f
vt [+ reputation, record] → ternir

blemish

n (lit, fig)Makel m; without (a) blemishmakellos, ohne Makel
vt objectbeschädigen; work, beautybeeinträchtigen; reputation, honourbeflecken; blemished skinunreine Haut; blemished complexionunreiner Teint

blemish

[ˈblɛmɪʃ]
1. nimperfezione f; (on fruit) → ammaccatura; (on reputation) → macchia
2. vtdeturpare

blemish

(ˈblemiʃ) noun
a stain, mark or fault. a blemish on an apple.
verb
to spoil.

blem·ish

n. mancha, imperfección, defecto.
References in classic literature ?
It was very pretty then, but to me it is much prettier now, for in this seeming blemishes I read a little history.
The young Mohican, who at first believed his enemies had sent in a real beast to torment him, and try his nerves, detected in those performances that to Heyward had appeared so accurate, certain blemishes, that at once betrayed the counterfeit.
This sketch has several blemishes in it; for instance, the wagon is not traveling as fast as the horse is.
But whatever blemishes others might discern in William, to his friend's mind he was faultless; for Marner had one of those impressible self-doubting natures which, at an inexperienced age, admire imperativeness and lean on contradiction.
He next proceeded to inspect his hack, which, with more quartos than a real and more blemishes than the steed of Gonela, that "tantum pellis et ossa fuit," surpassed in his eyes the Bucephalus of Alexander or the Babieca of the Cid.
To those who are disposed to consider, as innocent omissions in the State constitutions, what they regard as unpardonable blemishes in the plan of the convention, nothing can be said; or at most, they can only be asked to assign some substantial reason why the representatives of the people in a single State should be more impregnable to the lust of power, or other sinister motives, than the representatives of the people of the United States?
The kindly dimness of the weak candle abstracted from her form and features the little blemishes which sunlight might have revealed--the stubble scratches upon her wrists, and the weariness of her eyes--her high enthusiasm having a transfiguring effect upon the face which had been her undoing, showing it as a thing of immaculate beauty, with a touch of dignity which was almost regal.
It was a threadbare, well-worn house that he thus examined, as if the inmates had grazed down all luxuriance and plenty to the verge of decency; and in the night, bereft of life, bare places and ancient blemishes were unpleasantly visible.
was undoubtedly the most artful and uncompromising flatterer that ever smoothed out all the natural characteristic blemishes from a sitter's face; but even that accomplished parasite would have found Mr.
It is remarkable that what we call the world, which is so very credulous in what professes to be true, is most incredulous in what professes to be imaginary; and that, while, every day in real life, it will allow in one man no blemishes, and in another no virtues, it will seldom admit a very strongly-marked character, either good or bad, in a fictitious narrative, to be within the limits of probability.
In the particular society of his mate he attains a clearer sight of any spot, any taint which her beauty has contracted from this world, and is able to point it out, and this with mutual joy that they are now able, without offence, to indicate blemishes and hindrances in each other, and give to each all help and comfort in curing the same.
Upon the whole, then, Mr Allworthy certainly saw some imperfections in the captain; but as this was a very artful man, and eternally upon his guard before him, these appeared to him no more than blemishes in a good character, which his goodness made him overlook, and his wisdom prevented him from discovering to the captain himself.