- 1A small mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something: the merest blemish on a Rolls Royce might render it unsalableMore example sentences
- Scratches, marks, dents, stains, blemishes or flaws are worth money to you, because they mean price reductions!
- A blemish even gives the appearance of a nail on the extended digit.
- Instead it has age marks, blemishes, and even a small spot or two with a brownish patina look.
- 1.1A moral defect or fault: the offenses were an uncharacteristic blemish on an otherwise clean record local government is not without blemishMore example sentences
- So those air forces were allowed to continue to do things which it must be said in cold blood were a moral blemish, a moral blot perhaps on the conduct of the Allies.
- In addition, a government made up of officials who have moral blemishes can hardly establish authority in front of the public for obvious reasons.
- Celtic's easy, 5-1 victory at Parkhead in October was an uncharacteristic blemish on Kilmarnock's recent record in the fixture.
verb[with object] (often as adjective blemished) Back to top
- Spoil the appearance of (something) that is otherwise aesthetically perfect: thousands of Web pages are blemished with embarrassing typos • figurative his reign as world champion has been blemished by controversyMore example sentences
- You have got to the age of 23 with no previous convictions and it is extremely sad that you have blemished your character.
- Bennett's excellent point scoring record was slightly blemished as he shot two wides from scorable positions and Clare began to pile on the pressure with another Markham point.
- I am an atheist in life and I won't choose to have my memory blemished by anyone taking the freedom to meddle with my choices in life, neither with my memory afterlife.
late Middle English (as a verb): from Old French ble(s)miss-, lengthened stem of ble(s)mir 'make pale, injure'; probably of Germanic origin.