blemish

  • 1 BLEMISH — (Heb. מוּם), a defect in the body of a man or an animal. Defects of conduct are also metaphorically called blemishes (Deut. 32:5; Prov. 9:7; Job. 11:15). A blemished priest was unfit to serve in the priesthood (Lev. 21:16–23) and was precluded… …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 2 blemish — n Blemish, defect, flaw all denote an imperfection. Blemish applies to something (as a spot or stain) that is external or superficial and mars or disfigures the appearance of an object {on their sustaining garments not a blemish Shak.} {he… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Blemish — 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. [1913 Webster] He shall take two… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Blemish — 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Blemish — may refer to: * A minor imperfection. For skin imperfection, see Acne vulgaris * Blemish (album) a music album from David Sylvian released in 2003 …

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  • 6 blemish — [n] flaw beauty spot, birthmark, blackhead, blister, bloom*, blot, blotch, blot on the landscape*, blur, brand, bruise, bug*, catch, chip, cicatrix, defacement, defect, deformity, dent, discoloration, disfigurement, disgrace, dishonor, eyesore,… …

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  • 7 blemish — index damage, deface, defacement, defame, defect, denigrate, detriment, disgrace, dishonor ( …

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  • 8 blemish — ► NOUN 1) a small flaw which spoils the appearance of something. 2) a moral defect. ► VERB ▪ spoil the appearance of. ORIGIN from Old French blesmir make pale, injure …

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  • 9 blemish — [blem′ish] vt. [ME blemishen < OFr blemiss , extended stem of blesmir, to injure, prob. via Frank * blesmjan, to cause to turn pale < * blesmi, akin to BLAZE2] to mar, as by some flaw or fault; spoil the perfection of n. 1. a mark that mars …

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  • 10 blemish — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ minor, slight ▪ ugly, unsightly ▪ skin VERB + BLEMISH ▪ have …

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  • 11 blemish — I UK [ˈblemɪʃ] / US noun [countable] Word forms blemish : singular blemish plural blemishes 1) a) a mark or spot that spoils the appearance of something b) a mark on someone s skin, such as a spot or a scar 2) a mistake or dishonest action that… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 Blemish — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Blemish >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 blemish blemish disfigurement deformity Sgm: N 1 adactylism adactylism Sgm: N 1 flaw flaw defect &c.(imperfection) 651 Sgm: N 1 injury injury &c.(d …

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  • 13 blemish — [[t]ble̱mɪʃ[/t]] blemishes, blemishing, blemished 1) N COUNT A blemish is a small mark on something that spoils its appearance. Every piece is closely scrutinised, and if there is the slightest blemish on it, it is rejected. 2) N COUNT: oft N on… …

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  • 14 blemish — {{11}}blemish (n.) 1520s, from BLEMISH (Cf. blemish) (v.). {{12}}blemish (v.) early 14c., to hurt, damage, from O.Fr. blemiss to turn pale, extended stem of blemir, blesmir to make pale; stain, discolor, also to injure (13c., Mod.Fr. blêmir),… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 15 blemish — blem|ish1 [ blemıʃ ] noun count 1. ) a mark or spot that spoils the appearance of something a ) a mark on someone s skin, such as a PIMPLE or a SCAR 2. ) a mistake or dishonest action that spoils someone s reputation or career: blemish on: This… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 Blemish —    Imperfection or bodily deformity excluding men from the priesthood, and rendering animals unfit to be offered in sacrifice (Lev. 21:17 23; 22:19 25). The Christian church, as justified in Christ, is without blemish (Eph. 5:27). Christ offered… …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 17 blemish — n. a minor; ugly blemish * * * [ blemɪʃ] ugly blemish a minor …

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  • 18 blemish — 1. noun 1) not a blemish marred her skin Syn: imperfection, flaw, defect, fault, deformity, discoloration, disfigurement; bruise, scar, pit, pock, pimple, blackhead, wart, scratch, cut, gash; …

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  • 19 blemish — blemisher, n. /blem ish/, v.t. 1. to destroy or diminish the perfection of: The book is blemished by those long, ineffective descriptions. n. 2. a mark that detracts from appearance, as a pimple or a scar. 3. a defect or flaw; stain; blight: a… …

    Universalium

  • 20 blemish — blem|ish1 [ˈblemıʃ] n a small mark, especially a mark on someone s skin or on the surface of an object, that spoils its appearance blemish 2 blemish2 v [T often passive] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: blemir to make pale, injure ] to… …

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