• WordNet 3.6
    • v blemish add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective
    • v blemish mar or impair with a flaw "her face was blemished"
    • v blemish mar or spoil the appearance of "scars defaced her cheeks","The vandals disfigured the statue"
    • n blemish a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body) "a facial blemish"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Blemish 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.""The reliefs of an envious man are those little blemishes and imperfections that discover themselves in an illustrious character."
    • Blemish 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."
    • Blemish To tarnish, as reputation or character; to defame. "There had nothing passed between us that might blemish reputation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blemish To damage or impair (especially something that is well formed, or in other respects excellent); mar or make defective; destroy the perfection of; deface; sully.
    • blemish To impair morally; tarnish, as reputation or character; defame; stain: as, to blemish one's fair fame.
    • n blemish A defect, flaw, or imperfection; something that mars beauty, completeness, or perfection.
    • n blemish A moral defect or injury; reproach; disgrace; that which impairs reputation; imputation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blemish blem′ish a stain or defect: reproach
    • v.t Blemish to mark with any deformity: to tarnish: to defame
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.”
  • Ovid
    “Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blemissen, blemishen, OF. blemir, blesmir, to strike, injure, soil, F. blêmir, to grow pale, fr. OF. bleme, blesme, pale, wan, F. blême, prob. fr. Icel blāman, the livid color of a wound, fr. blār, blue; akin to E. blue,. OF. blemir, properly signifies to beat one (black and) blue, and to render blue or dirty. See Blue


In literature:

No blemish in any way explained the phenomenon.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
The story, as every one perceives, has its obvious blemishes.
"Goldsmith" by William Black
What are called the graces of composition are often its blemishes.
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
Their pedigrees are without blemish.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
Doubtless a man who writes in this large massive spirit, overlooks some trifling blemishes.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
Any eight-year-old hunter that knows the game is bound to be blemished in front.
"Blister Jones" by John Taintor Foote
Phrasing, force, fulness of tone, and beauty were perfect, musically without a blemish.
"How to Sing" by Lilli Lehmann
The execution of Sidney is regarded as one of the greatest blemishes of the present reign.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
But these are only occasional (p. 150) blemishes.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Both in the 'Revolt of Islam' and 'Tarquin and Lucrece,' blemishes resembling his own constantly occur.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844" by Various

In poetry:

Ponder well before ye answer,
And consider, children dear;--
In our image I would make him,
Free from stain, from blemish clear.
"The Creation Of Man" by Morris Rosenfeld
"I know not how
He has seduced thee — ^by what wiles he made
Thee blemish thus my honour; that is past.
Thou shalt repair in part his treachery —
Thou canst be slain !"
"The King Of Sardis" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Such Alcon fell; in meagre want forlorn!
Where were ye then, ye powerful Patrons, where?
Would ye the purple should your limbs adorn?
Go wash the conscious blemish with a tear.
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone
Blame not my Muse, thou that dost find thy name
Not Marshal'd here, as thou wouldst have the same:
No blemish tis to thy repute: for (know it)
I act no Herald here (Sir) but a Poet.
"To Any To Whom I Write." by Ralph Knevet
Sometimes the fault is all our own,
Some blemish in due time made known
By trespass or omission;
Sometimes occasion brings to light
Our friend’s defect, long hid from sight,
And even from suspicion.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
For evermore his servants Love amendeth,
And he from every blemish them defendeth;
And maketh them to burn, as in a fire,
In loyalty, and worshipful desire,
And, when it likes him, joy enough them sendeth.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth

In news:

Acne -ridden teen makes YouTube video about hiding her blemishes.
There are only two blemishes on what has been a fairly impressive defense of last year's Super Bowl title.
Health care backlash blemishes restaurants' reputations.
Blemish balm market poised for growth.
BB creams, which also are referred to as "blemish balms" or "beauty balms," have experienced significant growth in the past several months, according a new report by market research company the NPD Group.
Special to Savannah Morning News The Burts Bees Blemish Stick has 10 herbal ingredients naturally work to open your pores and treat harmful germs and gently exfoliate your skin.
Blemished Broncos are a complete team still searching for that complete game.
The Atlanta Falcons have had a few close calls, but only one blemish on their record.
Rutgers men hold off George Washington, still showing blemishes despite 68-65 victory.
Blemishes aside, Buffalo Bills are upbeat after ' imperfect ' win over Dolphins.
There's a reason the Niskayuna girls' soccer team has run through its first dozen games of the season without a blemish.
The perfect chip is thin, lightly salted, freshly fried and devoid of translucent, grease-saturated blemishes.
Subtitled "Helena Rubinstein, L'Oreal , and the Blemished History of Looking Good," Brandon's new book, while full of interesting matter, reads like four or five magazine articles not quite successfully joined together.
A familiar face and blemished driving record prompted the arrest of a Lopez Island woman for driving with a suspended license.
Surface defects and blemishes on composite molded parts often occur as a part of the molding and mold removal process, which results in many parts having unique defects or appearances.

In science:

Writing q = q(G(n, m)) for the number of such blemishes we see that their removal results in a graph on n vertices whose edge set is uniformly random among all edge sets of size m − q .
The two possible values of the chromatic number of a random graph
Eorb − Uenv The latter definition however only serves to hide the unsight ly blemish of α not falling within the range 0 ≤ α ≤ 1.
Common envelope: the progress and the pitfalls
It is known that there is blemish rooted in the Zel’dovich approximation based initial condition generator, the resulting correction to measured Sn s at leading order decays with redshift at rate roughly ∝ [D(z )/D(zini )]−1 .
Influence of baryons on spatial distribution of matter: higher order correlation functions
In scientific research, uncertainty about a sub ject is a virtue, not a blemish.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
This is not to say, that the original proposal was found to be without any unacceptable blemishes.
Searching for the Standard Model in the String Landscape : SUSY GUTs